Pope to prisoners: I stand before you a brother

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Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-PRISONERS, originally transmitted on Sept. 27, 2015.

Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate as he meets with prisoners at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-PRISONERS, originally transmitted on Sept. 27, 2015.

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Pope Francis delivered a message to inmates at a correctional facility here: It is a "lie that no one can change."

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    See 1Timothy1:15. Papa Francis is following St. Paul, who writes to Timothy that he is the worst of sinners. He murdered people, turned them over for punishment and approved of the stoning of St. Stephen, the first martyr (See the Book of Acts), before YAH’SHUA had to knock him to the ground for persecuting Him and His people.

    In the Eastern Rite of the *RCC, before receiving Communion, the entire congregation says a prayer together including the part of being the chief of sinners, again following St. Paul. (Yes, there are Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church! I’m not talking about Eastern Orthodox churches. They are not part of the (*RCC:Roman Catholic Church).