Pope Francis plans Holy Thursday mass

March 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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VATICAN CITY, March 21 (UPI) -- Pope Francis celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ inside Rome's Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, the Vatican said Thursday.

The celebration, called Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, will take place on March 28, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

"In his ministry as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio [now Pope Francis] used to celebrate this mass in a prison or hospital or home for the poor," said the Vatican in a statement. With the mass inside Casal del Marmo, "Pope Francis will continue the tradition, which should be characterized by a context of simplicity."

The pontiff will also commemorate Jesus Christ's Last Supper with his apostles with a mass inside St Peter's Basilica before he heads to the juvenile detention center, ANSA said.

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