Pope welcomes prisoners to the Vatican

Pope Francis with inmates and staff from the Rebibbia prison in Rome at his residence at the Vatican (CNS/Vatican Media)

Inmates of a Rome prison met with Pope Francis yesterday at the Vatican, before making a visit to the Vatican Museums. Source: CNA.

The group of around 20 prisoners met Pope Francis shortly before 9am at his Casa Santa Marta residence, the Vatican said.

They were accompanied by the prison director, chaplain, and officials. Afterward, they went to the Vatican Museums, which reopened to visitors on May 3.

The men who met Pope Francis are inmates of a low-security prison that caters to those with addictive disorders and includes a treatment centre and program for inmates with substance dependence.

A Vatican video clip from the meeting showed Pope Francis speaking with the director, Anna Maria Trapazzo, then turning to the chaplain, Servite Father Moreno M. Versolato, and telling him, “Prisons with women directors function better”, CNS reports.

Offering some advice to the group, Pope Francis said, “It is important to seek out what is positive at a time when life is not at its most beautiful. Seek the positive in order to keep going forward.”

After leaving the Pope, the group was welcomed on their tour by Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, who told them the collection was for everyone, and she hoped they would be inspired by the beauty they found there.


Prisoners meet Pope Francis before visiting Vatican Museums (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA)

Pope welcomes prisoners to Vatican before they tour museums (CNS

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