There but for the grace of God: What Pope Francis thinks of prisoners

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May 28, 2015

Pope Francis greets inmates after celebrating Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2, at Rebibbia prison in Rome. The pope regularly visits with prisoners, a practice he began while archbishop of Buenos Aires. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) See VATICAN LETTER May 28, 2015.

Pope Francis greets inmates after celebrating Mass on Holy Thursday, April 2, at Rebibbia prison in Rome. The pope regularly visits with prisoners, a practice he began while archbishop of Buenos Aires. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison — at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common.

When visiting a prison, he said, “I think to myself, ‘I, too, could be here.’ That is, none of us can be sure that we would never commit a crime, something for which we’d be put in prison.”

Pope Francis’ comment to a reporter from a newspaper in Argentina in mid-May was just the most recent time he has spoken about how everyone makes mistakes, everyone sins, and if one’s personal history and circumstances were different, he or she could be that convict.

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