Philadelphia prison inmates to gift 6-foot walnut chair to Pope Francis

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As a part of his trip to Philadelphia, Pope Francis will visit Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on September 27. He is expected to meet 100 inmates from throughout the Philadelphia Prison System and their families.

Philadelphia prison inmates are now busy in making gifts for Pope Francis. About a dozen inmates in the carpentry division of PhilaCor, under the prison’s job-skills program, will present the pope with a 6-foot walnut chair they are building from scratch.

I just can’t wait to get home and get a job in this field because it feels good to build something and accomplish something. There’s a lot of hardship here, but even in this bad situation, I learned to do good by picking up a trade, said one of the inmates.

 

I hope he sits in it and I hope he knows we put a lot of work in it. And I hope he knows we did it as a team and we did it on behalf of the city of Philadelphia, said 45 year-old Michael Green.

 

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