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Pope Francis has changed the rules so a priest may wash the feet of women and others in the community and not just men, as church law had previously decreed.
"Jesus loved us, Jesus loves us, but without any limits, always, all the way to the end," Pope Francis said during the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper.
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