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LETTERS TO A POPE
 
Letters to Pope Francis from inmates of a young offenders' institution in Los Angeles; written on the back of the Pope's decision to wash the feet of young
offenders in Rome on Holy Thursday
 
 
 
Dear Pope Francis,
Thank you for washing the feet of youth like us in Italy.We also are young and made mistakes. Society has given up on us, thank you that you have not given up on us.

Dear Pope Francis,
I think you are a humble man. When you read this letter you will have washed the feet of other kids like. I am writing this letter because you give me hope. I know one day with people like you us kidswon’t be given sentences that will keep us in prisonfor the rest of our lives. I pray for you. Dont forget us.

Dear Pope Francis,
I don’t know if you have ever been to where I live. I have grown up in a jungle of gangs and drugs and violence.I have seen people killed. I have been hurt.We have been victims of violence. It is hard to be young and surrounded by darkness. Pray for me that one day I will be freeand be able to help other youth like you do.

Dear Pope Francis,
Tonight we pray for all victims of violence. The families of people we have hurt need healing. Our families need healing. We are all in pain. Let us feel Jesus’ healing tonight.

Dear Pope Francis,
I know the same youth feet that you washare like me. Drugs have been part of me life for so long. We all struggle to be sober. But you inspire me and I promise to be soberand help others with the cruel addiction of crystal meth.

Dear Pope Francis,
My many friends are in two different maximum securityprisons in one of our states 33 state prisons.Calif. I am writing to tell you that I feel badthat more youth of color are in prison in our statethan any other place in the world. I am inviting you to comehere next year to wash our feet, many of who have been sentences to die in prison. God bless you.

Dear Pope Francis,
I read that the harshest sentence that a youthcan receive in Italy is 20 years. I wish this was true here. I hope I hear back from you. I have been catholic and glad I am catholicbecause I have a pope like you. I will pray for you every day because we need examples of God like you arein this violent world.

Dear Pope Francis,
I am glad you picked the name Francis. When I was little I read about St.Francis. He is a cool saint. He was a man of peace and simplicity. I am praying to you that you pray that we have peace in our gang filled neighborhoods.

Dear Pope Francis,
When Jesus washed the feet of his friends he gave an example of humility. I have been raised to believe that it is only with respect in hurting your enemy that you are a man. Tonight you and Jesus show me something in this washing of the feet something very different. I hope we kids learn from this.

Dear Pope Francis,
I have never been to Rome. I do not know if it is near Los Angelesbecause all my youth I have only known my neighborhood. I hope oneday I will be given a second chance and receive a blessing from youand maybe even have my feet washed on Holy Thursday.

Dear Pope Francis,
I know you have a good family. I am writing this letter to you because I know that my family is suffering because of me. I know have done some bad things but I am not a bad kid and when last year in our big state we not a new law called SB9 this made me family happy because this is a beautiful message that we kids deserve a second chance.

Dear Pope Francis,
From reading I know that us kids are capable of making decisions like older people do. I have seen pictures of brains of kids and adults. I am asking you as Pope to help us and help other people understand we can change and want to change.
 
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