Pope's Lenten schedule released

Women included this year

The Vatican has released Pope Francis' liturgical schedule for March and April, including Holy Week and Easter, reports the Catholic News Service.

The Pope's schedule includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonisation. However, the schedule does not say where he will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper.

Greg Burke, vice director of the Vatican press office, told journalists the location will be announced at a later date. Since the start of his pontificate, the Pope has celebrated the Holy Thursday Mass in places that highlight a pastoral need.

Last year, he celebrated the Mass and foot-washing ritual at Rome's Rebibbia prison, where he washed the feet of 12 male and female inmates.

The Vatican issued a decree on January 21 specifying that the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual can include "all members of the people of God," including women - a practice observed for some time by Pope Francis and many priests around the world.

Photo: ABC News

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