Some had problems with that, as the act of feet washing recreates the event from Scripture in which Jesus washed the disciples's feet. As the argument goes, since there were no female disciples, the Pope should not be washing women's feet.
Now, we're not going to get into that debate here; suffice it to say, some people hold that point of view.
In the last four days Francis has gone on to talk about women in three different public speeches -- on Holy Saturday; yesterday, in a homily about Mary Magdalene; and today, in a talk on Vatican radio:
...In the professions of faith of the New Testament, only men are remembered as witnesses of the Resurrection, the Apostles, but not the women. This is because, according to the Jewish Law of the time, women and children were not considered reliable, credible witnesses. In the Gospels, however, women have a primary, fundamental role. Here we can see an argument in favor of the historicity of the Resurrection: if it were a invented, in the context of that time it would not have been linked to the testimony of women. Instead, the evangelists simply narrate what happened: the women were the first witnesses.
This tells us that God does not choose according to human criteria: the first witnesses of the birth of Jesus are the shepherds, simple and humble people, the first witnesses of the Resurrection are women. This is beautiful, and this is the mission of women, of mothers and women, to give witness to their children and grandchildren that Christ is Risen! Mothers go forward with this witness! What matters to God is our heart, if we are open to Him, if we are like trusting children.
But this also leads us to reflect on how in the Church and in the journey of faith, women have had and still have a special role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and communicating his face, because the eyes of faith always need the simple and profound look of love. The Apostles and disciples find it harder to believe in the Risen Christ, not the women however! Peter runs to the tomb, but stops before the empty tomb; Thomas has to touch the wounds of the body of Jesus with his hands. In our journey of faith it is important to know and feel that God loves us, do not be afraid to love: faith is professed with the mouth and heart, with the word and love.Here's his point: in the New Testament culture, women were not considered witnesses to be trusted. And yet, in the Gospels it is women who are presented as the first witnesses to the Resurrection. Which is to say, "God does not choose according to human criteria."
And we need to recognize the apostolic witness of love provided by women in our world.
I wonder if some will find his words a bit too mother-centric, aka women are mothers. Compared to John Paul II and Benedict, it seems to me Francis is a bit more open and inviting, less reductive to some sort of biological or social function.
But you tell me...