Pope meets 19 inmates inside Vatican dormitory
Blesses each individually in 'beautiful, moving' encounter19 February, 13:11
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, the Thursday before Easter, to wash the feet of inmates just weeks after being named pope.
On Wednesday, the 19 inmates were accompanied by prison chaplains on a pilgrimage to Rome, which included Mass in the Vatican Grottoes, below St Peter's Basilica where scores of popes are buried. Baldisseri said Francis invited them to an audience only after their arrival. "The pope wanted to greet them and bless them one by one.
They were very encouraged. It was a sign of great spiritual fatherhood," he said. http://popefrancisnewsapp.com/