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Pope to Prisoners: God Loves You Personally

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Pope to Prisoners: God Loves You Personally

Pope Francis has written back Italian prisoners, reminding them God loves them all personally.

According to Vatican Radio, the Pontiff sent a letter to those detained in a prison in the Italian city of Velletri, nearby Rome, after the facility’s prisoners had written him earlier this year. Their letter was entrusted to Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the Bishop of Albano, during a pastoral visit to the facility.

“Always be certain that God loves you personally, the Pope wrote in his response.

Moreover, he encouraged them to never allow themselves to be closed in by their past, but rather to transform the past “into a journey of growth, of faith and charity.

He called on them to “give God the possibility of making them “to shine through their experience, recalling that many saints throughout history “have achieved sanctity in harsh and difficult situations. “With Christ, he said, “all this is possible.

The Holy Father thanked the detainees for thinking of him, and assured them that they, and others in similar situations, were often in his thoughts as well. He noted that during his Apostolic Voyages, he always tries to make a visit to local prisons.

During the Holy Year of Mercy, the Argentine Pope reminded them, there will also be a jubilee for prisoners, and he assured them that on that day he would be “in communion with all prisoners “spiritually and in reciprocal prayer.

The Holy Father also expressed his sympathy, acknowledging that prisoners “are living an experience in which time seems both to be stopped, and to never end. But, he said, “the true measure of time is not that of the clock; rather, “the true measure of time is called hope.

Pope Francis also expressed his desire that all those incarcerated might “always keep lit the light of the hope of faith to illuminate their lives.

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