He really is breaking the mold.

Two young women were among 12 people whose feet Pope Francis washed and kissed at a traditional ceremony in a Rome youth prison on Holy Thursday, the first time a pontiff has included females in the rite.

The pope travelled to the Casal del Marmo prison on Rome’s outskirts for the traditional mass, which commemorates Jesus’s gesture of humility towards his apostles the night before he died.

The ceremony has been traditionally limited to men because all of Jesus’ apostles were male. The Vatican spokesman said two of the 12 whose feet were washed were Muslim inmates.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/pope-francis-women-feet-washing

In case you missed it, the “breaking the mold” part is, not so much the Muslims, as the women!