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Pope Francis receives a wooden cross made by Argentine prisoners

2016-05-05

POPE FRANCIS
"God does not consider anyone permanently lost. Never.”

And when the Pope says "no one,” he means it. This also includes prisoners who are doing their sentences in jail.

However, although God forgives their sins, it appears that society does not. Pope Francis denounced the world's inability to reintegrate prisoners into society. 

POPE FRANCIS
Mexico, February 17, 2016
"At times it may seem that prisons are intended more to prevent people from committing crimes than to promote the process of rehabilitation.”

In result of this, a group of Argentine judges has decided to promote the message of forgiveness that Pope Francis preaches. They traveled to Rome to deliver letters written by female prisoners, along with a wooden cross that they made. They presented a book containing the Pope's thoughts about justice.

ALEJANDRO SLOKAR
President, Federal Court of Criminal Appeal
"He always welcomes a more humane justice, the humanist way of thinking, I'd say. And from that perspective, the book's title is for a real human justice.”

Among the group of judges was Jimena Monsalve. This judge closely relates to the problems of many female prisoners in Argentina. Some of them live in prison with their children.

JIMENA MONSALVE
Judge, National Criminal Enforcement 
"I see many lines of women at the door of male prisons preparing things to take to their husbands. When one goes to a women's prison, in general, you do not see anyone.”

Because of this, it is not uncommon for jail to be one of the Pope's regular stops throughout his travels, or for him to call prisoners by phone. This is part of one of the most recurring messages of his pontificate: the fight against the throwaway culture.

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