Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of Philippine elections chief

Holy Thursday ritual to include people with disabilities, young people and women

Philippines
March 17, 2016
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila will wash the feet of 12 individuals, including the head of the Philippines' Commission on Elections on Holy Thursday.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Manila said this year's washing of the feet ritual will highlight the importance of national elections in May.

The archdiocese said "people with disabilities, the youth, the women, the religious sisters, and people who serve others through their loyal labor" will also be recognized.

Cardinal Tagle's driver and his family's household help for 30 years will be among the 12 whose feet will be washed during the ritual.

The cardinal will usher in Holy Week on March 20 at Manila Cathedral with the celebration of Palm Sunday.

The Easter Triduum, which will start on Holy Thursday, March 26, will be attended by all priests of the archdiocese.

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