[QODLink]
Europe

New pope's first Easter focuses on the poor

Francis breaks with tradition and visits young inmates at Rome jail ahead of inaugural Easter Mass.

Last Modified: 29 Mar 2013 07:50
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Pope Fracis broke with tradition by visiting a juvenile detention centre in Rome as part of his first Easter.

During the visit to the young inmates, which included two women, Francis told the 12 youth to "never lose hope".

The pontiff's visit, marked by little pomp, was another indication that he is planning to steer the church towards, as he put it, "the weak and the poor".

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from Rome.

71

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Mother of jailed Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy says her son's ordeal highlights the value of press freedom.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Featured
Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse say they received little compensation and face economic hardship.
As Iraq prepares to vote, deadly violence is surging. But at the site of one bomb attack, people insist life must go on.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
join our mailing list