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Pope Francis continues to get feedback, and backlash, for washing the feet of young women and Muslims among the twelve at a juvenile detention center, and another Frances -- last name Perkins -- wins "Lent Madness." A Jesuit school is still in the NCAA version. And why is Satan always dark-skinned?

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David Gibson

David Gibson

David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.


  1. Why is it so hard for the young priest to preach about the Eucarist and the foot washing? I’m not Catholic and think I could do a pretty good job at that, having preached a sermon or two in my lifetime. The foot washing is, of course, very symbolic of Christ’s teaching that to be a real follower of him you need to learn how to serve. Footwashing back then was not done lightly and yet Christ did it willingly so if the Savior of the world can wash the feet of sinners how much more would he be likely to redeem them? As to those upset with the new Pope’s foot washing of Muslim or womens feet see Christ’s example. Would Christ have refused to do this? I think not, in fact I think he would have been eager too. Kudo’s to the Pope for following in the steps of Christ on doing this!

  2. I think it is great that Pope Francis washed the feet… of yes even a child of God from the Muslim faith. Haven’t we been fighting and fuming over Religion long enough? It’s time we all learn to live, love and respect each other for the peace of the world!

  3. Is it polite to say that the ultra conservative young Catholic priests of today’s are the perfect examples of that church inward turning itself narrowly inward, narcissistic self-referential?

  4. Dave Scheuerman

    The good in Good Friday really means good, and it’s real, not paradoxical. Christ’s death on the cross turned something vile, murder, into something good, His resurrection, which proved his divinity and power to grant salvation to those willing to accept it. And that is why Good Friday is good.

  1. […] Friday's Religion News Roundup: Satan's skin * Footwash backlash * Holi DayReligion News ServiceIt is Good Friday, which sounds paradoxical since this day recalls the crucifixion of Jesus. Explanations vary for the term's origins, but the import of the day is clear, and taken to extremes in the Philippines, where some people are still nailed to a … […]