Within weeks of becoming pope, Francis stunned conservatives by washing the feet of women, Orthodox Christians and at a juvenile detention facility. In subsequent years, he has washed the feet of other Muslims and even a Brazilian Catholic transsexual at Rome's main prison.
Vatican rules had long called for only men to participate, and popes of the past traditionally performed the ritual on 12 Catholic men, recalling Jesus' 12 apostles and further cementing the doctrine of an all-male priesthood. But Francis in January changed the regulations to explicitly allow women to participate.
DiCaprio was kind enough to give A-CNN a comment: “Hey, I’m not a religious guy but this is sort of cool. I was selected by the pope during a recent audience. We were talking global warming, a big concern we both share, when he suddenly looked down and said: ‘Hey, Leo, want me to wash your feet?’.”
The Oscar winner said at first he wasn’t sure what the hell was going on. “But he really wanted me to do this, even though I’m not a woman or a Muslim. I think the fact that I’m a fallen away Catholic pleased him. This is one role I’m honored to play.”