By Darren Boyle for MailOnline. Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 young asylum seekers during a traditional Maundy Thursday service. The pontiff will travel to the asylum seeker centre in the town of Castelnuovo di Porto north of Rome in the traditional commemoration of Jesus' last supper with his apostles.
Pope will wash the feet of 12 young asylum seekers during traditional Maundy Thursday service
Updated March 26, Pope Francis has washed the feet of 11 young asylum seekers to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees. Several of the asylum seekers were reduced to tears as the year-old pontiff kneeled before them, pouring water over their feet, drying them with a towel and bending to kiss them.
The wet feet, dry feet policy or wet foot, dry foot policy was the name given to a former interpretation of the revision of the application of the Cuban Adjustment Act of that essentially says that anyone who emigrated from Cuba and entered the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later. Prior to , the U. After talks with the Cuban government, the Bill Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba that it would stop admitting people intercepted in U. For two decades thereafter, any Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations with "wet feet" would summarily be returned to Cuba or sent to a third country, while one who made it to shore "dry feet" got a chance to remain in the United States, and later would qualify for expedited "legal permanent resident " status in accordance with the Act and eventually U. In January , Barack Obama announced the immediate end of the policy the Thursday before his term expired. Between and , hundreds of thousands of Cubans entered the United States under the Attorney General's parole authority, many of them arriving by boat. In , a mass migration of asylum seekers—known as the Mariel boatlift —brought approximately , Cubans and 25, Haitians to South Florida over a six-month period. After declining for several years, Cuban "boat people" steadily rose from a few hundred in to a few thousand in After Castro made threatening speeches in , riots ensued in Havana, and the Cuban exodus by boat escalated. The number of Cubans intercepted by the U.
By Corey Charlton for MailOnline. Pope Francis has washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees, declaring them children of the same God. The Maundy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual Jesus Christ performed on his apostles before being crucified 2, years ago. Meanwhile other Christian communities held re-enactments of the crucifixion, violent flagellation ceremonies, parades and pilgrimages.