On Catholic radio, I keep hearing the statement made that Pope Pius XII introduced the washing of the feet in 1955.
In reality the ceremony has been part of the Holy Thursday servces for hundreds of years prior to 1955.
As an altar boy in the 40's it was part of the Holy Thursday Services that I participated in. It was part of the services in the seminary prior to 1955.
My parents always talked aouit it being part of the Service when they were children in the late 1800s and early 1900 in Italy.
Where does this nonsense about Pius "introducing" it come from?