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Convicted LA gang member receives letter of encouragement from Pope Francis

March 04, 2016

The latest surprised recipient of a personal message from Pope Francis is a young convict serving at a detention center in Los Angeles.

Carlos Adrian Vaquez, Jr, who is serving an 11-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, wrote to the Pontiff seeking "forgiveness for what I did." He received a personal reply, in which the Pope told him that a "Holy Door to Mercy" would be opened at the juvenile detention center. 

"I pray that as you and your fellow residents celebrate the opening of the Holy Door, you may receive these gifts and be filled with peace and hope," the Holy Father wrote, adding a promise


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