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Pope Francis, right, looks up to the Crucifix during the Passion of Christ Mass on Friday inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican. The new pope began a debate when he violated church law and tradition by including two girls in the ceremonial washing of feet in a Holy Thursday ritual.

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Pope’s foot-wash a final straw for traditionalists

Pope Francis has won over many hearts and minds with his simple style and focus on serving the world’s poorest, but he has devastated traditionalist Catholics who adored his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for restoring much of the traditional pomp to the papacy.


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