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Pope meets 19 inmates inside Vatican dormitory

Blesses each individually in 'beautiful, moving' encounter

19 February, 12:01
Pope meets 19 inmates inside Vatican dormitory

 (ANSA) - Vatican City, February 19 - Pope Francis on Wednesday met with 19 inmates from Italian prisons at the Saint Martha's dormitory where he lives at the Vatican. Francis individually greeted and blessed each prisoner, all of whom came from jails in Pisa and Pianosa. Those present said the encounter lasted over 45 minutes and called it "beautiful" and "moving", sources told ANSA.

Since his elevation to the papacy last March, Francis has made numerous visits to jails, including to a juvenile-detention center in Rome on Maundy Thursday to wash the feet of inmates just weeks after being named pope.