By Kimberly Winston
PHILADELPHIA — It was a meeting of preachers and prisoners, of tattoos and crosses, of caregivers and criminals.
Pope Francis visited with 95 inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility here, bringing with him a message of redemption, hope and encouragement.
“I am here as a pastor, but above all as a brother, to share your situation and to make it my own,” he said, peering over his glasses at the men and women — all inmates — seated before him.
“I have come so that we can pray together and offer our God everything that causes us pain, but also everything that gives us hope, so that we can receive from him the power of the resurrection.”
During much of the speech, the pope…
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