Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
22 Apr 2011
Benedict XVI washed the feet of twelve Roman priests imitating the gesture of Jesus towards the Apostles. It was during the Mass of the Lord's Supper that he presided in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. During the celebration, he was given alms collected for the victims of earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
"Dear friends, it is a great consolation for the Pope to know that at each Eucharistic celebration everyone prays for him, and that our prayer is joined to the Lord's prayer for Peter. Only by the prayer of the Lord and of the Church can the Pope fulfil his task of strengthening his brethren".