This article summarizes key points from an audience that Pope Francis had with members of the Italian Prison Police in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 14, 2019. Included in the audience were two detainees serving life sentences. Pope Francis encouraged all detainees to remember and trust in God’s loving mercy and restorative power. Further, Francis identified the responsibility of society to create opportunities for returning citizens to reintegrate into society in order to make positive contributions. He also highlighted the important role of prison guards, prison police, and prison staff in the rehabilitation of prisoners.
How might one share the love of Christ and connect with a person whose crime and mental state suggest psychosis? Fr. Paul