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Pope Visits, Lunches With Prisoners in Milan

Present at San Vittore Are 2 Priests, 1 Deacon, 10 Sisters, 4 Seminarians

During his pastoral visit to the northern Italian city of Milan today, March 25, 2017, Pope Francis arrived at the San Vittore prison around noon. He is the first pope to visit the prison since its foundation in 1879. Its 893 inmates have available to them two priests, one deacon, 10 sisters and four seminarians.

Every Sunday, four Masses are celebrated in the facility. The rosary is also recited there during the week.

On the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit, the prisoners had prepared themselves, above all, by sending the Pontiff letters, in which they described their situation, their feelings of guilt, their relationship to God, their faith, and their joy about the Pope’s visit.

Arriving at the prison, the Pope was received by various representatives, including its director and chaplain.

Once inside, the Pope greeted the 80 prisoners, and had lunch with the detainees. Afterwards, Pope Francis went to Monza Park, where he celebrated Mass at 3 pm.

All photos courtesy of  L’Osservatore Romano –

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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