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Inmates work to create chair for pope's US prison visit

Inmates work to carve, upholster chair for Pope Francis' visit to US prison

Inmates work to create chair for pope's US prison visit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Inmates in the Philadelphia prison system are creating a stately chair to give to Pope Francis when he visits next month.

At a prison workshop on Monday, inmates worked to sand and refinish the wooden chair, which stands nearly 6 feet tall.

Another group of inmates previously hand-carved the piece out of walnut. Soon, it will be sent to nearby Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility to be upholstered by other inmates.

Francis plans to go there Sept. 27 to meet with about 100 inmates and some of their relatives during a two-day trip to the city.

Francis has made prison ministry a focus of his pontificate. He meets frequently with inmates and on two occasions washed prisoners' feet during pre-Easter rituals.


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:01 GMT+08:00