Penitents, prisoners and pilgrims: Pope meets youth up close

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Pope Francis spent the morning and early afternoon of July 26 with about two dozen young people from different countries and diverse backgrounds, in a range of encounters that illustrated his characteristic emphasis on inclusion and reconciliation.

The most dramatic meeting was the half hour he spent in the Rio de Janeiro archbishop’s residence with eight young offenders from four area prisons.

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