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Pope encourages prison chaplains, laments that 'big fish' often escape punishment

October 23, 2013

Pope Francis met on October 23 with a group of Italian prison chaplains, and told them: “You are a sign of Christ’s closeness to those brothers in need of hope.” The Pope asked the chaplains to tell prisoners that they are in his prayers, “that they not be discouraged, that they do not quit.” He told them that Jesus “does not stay outside their cells, but instead he is inside with them.”

The Pope mentioned that the prison system has its own injustices, “because it is easy to punish the weakest while the big fish swim freely.”


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