October 24, 2013 (Romereports.com) Pope Francis welcomed the members of the National Convention of ItalianPrison Chaplains. He highlighted their work in showing God's mercyand providing hope to people who need it most.
ThePope also said that during brief moments on Sundays when he's free,he calls prisoners in Buenos Aires. Those conversations, he added,make the Pope question "why him and not me?” But he also saidthose conversations brings him closer to the prisoners.
"Recently,you spoke about a justice of reconciliation, but also a justice ofhope, of open doors and horizons. This is not a utopia. It can bedone!”
Duringhis brief remarks, the Pope went on to say that God is close toeveryone, including prisoners. He added that no cell is so isolatedthat it keeps God away from them.PopeFrancis also asked the chaplains to convey his greetings to all ofthe prisoners. He said that he prays for them, so that "they maypositively overcome this tough period in their lives.”