For the first time in over twenty years the Holy Father has washed the feet of 12 laymen.

I also noticed that he did not mention Pope John Paul II during his homily for the Chrism Mass or the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. I think it is one of the first times he hasn’t mentioned his predecessor.

The reign of Pope Benedict XVI truly begins now. After a year, I think he is now stepping out from behind John Paul’s shadow.