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Pope tells prison staff they must help inmates find hope

February 11, 2019

ROME - A prison sentence without hope serves no purpose other than to stir feelings of revenge and anger in inmates who are looking for a second chance in life, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to staff members of Rome’s Regina Coeli prison Feb. 7, the pope said that both prison staff and inmates always must look forward to the inmate’s reintegration in society, including prisoners serving life sentences who can still make positive contributions from within the prison walls.

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