Church leaders wash feet in ritual outdoors


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of immigrants and homeless individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The April 17 ceremony is being held outdoors in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people's feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

Personal stories of some of the participants will be read aloud during the service in several languages including Spanish, French and Arabic.

In 1955, Pope Pius XII restored the practice as a part of a general reform to encourage charity work and raise awareness of struggling individuals.


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Robber flees in downtown Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police have re-opened a section of Congress Street .

The street was closed between Brown and Casco Streets while police investigated a suspicious device discovered in a trash can. The discovery was made while investigating a robbery at CVS located at 510 Congress Street.

Portland Police have arrested 39-year-old Jason Wayne Campbell of Portland in connection with the robbery at CVS.

Campbell is accused of entering the store at 8:45 Friday morning and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device. He demanded drugs and claimed to be suicidal. After being given an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs, he fled the scene on foot.

Campbell was identified by an employee of CVS who was familiar with him. He was arrested outside of his residence of 40 Alder Street. No one was injured during the robbery.

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ME Supreme Court hears arguments on sale of Portland's Congress Square Park


PORTLAND, Maine -- (NEWS CENTER) -- The case over whether voters should be able to decide on the sale of Portland's Congress Square Park to a private developer has gone all the way to the Maine Supreme Court. Wednesday, the state's high court heard oral arguments from the city and from the citizen's group trying to overturn the city council's decision to sell the park.