Soline Humbert: ‘When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet he took on not just a servant’s role but a female servant’s role’

On Holy Thursday in Catholic churches throughout the world the ritual of the washing of the feet will be enacted, in memory of Jesus’s example of lovi(...)

Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s St Peter’s Square for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis this morning which he concelebrated(...)

A picture of Pope Francis in a souvenir shop near the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Patsy McGarry, in Rome This morning Pope Francis met most of the 206 members of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican's Clementine Hall(...)