He (Pope Francis I) is a passionate defender of the poor and disenfranchised. In 2001, for instance, he surprised the staff of Muñiz Hospital in Buenos Aires, asking for a jar of water, which he used to wash the feet of 12 patients hospitalized with complications from the virus that causes AIDS. He then kissed their feet, telling reporting upon exiting that “society forgets the sick and the poor.”

He (Pope Francis I) is a passionate defender of the poor and disenfranchised. In 2001, for instance, he surprised the staff of Muñiz Hospital in Buenos Aires, asking for a jar of water, which he used to wash the feet of 12 patients hospitalized with complications from the virus that causes AIDS. He then kissed their feet, telling reporting upon exiting that “society forgets the sick and the poor.”