Pope Francis Invites Prisoners To Lunch, They Escape Instead

by Kim Boateng Posted on October 17th, 2017

Bologna, Italy: During his Oct. 1 trip to Bologna, Roman Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis was scheduled to dine with 20 prisoners from a local drug rehabilitation facility, along with refugees and the poor of the area, during a “Lunch of Solidarity” at San Petronio Basilica.

Instead, two of the Italian prisoners shirked their invitation for what they saw as a prime opportunity for escape.

According to Catholic News Agency, Citing Bologna newspaper, Il Resto del Carlino, the prisoners escaped sometime during the hour, though it is unclear whether they first ate lunch.

They have yet to be found.

Pope Francis regularly includes prisoners in his trips and events, including washing the feet of prisoners on Holy Thursday and holding a Jubilee Mass for prisoners at the Vatican last year.

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