Italy Vatican Prisoners

December 18, 2011 - 8:25 AM
Pope Benedict XVI is flanked by Italian Justice minister Paola Severino as he waves during his visit to Rome's Rebibbia prison, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI made an emotional visit Sunday to Rome's main prison, meeting with detainees, encouraging them, and calling for greater dignity for inmates everywhere. Benedict spent over an hour at Rome's Rebibbia prison, fielding questions from a half-dozen inmates who spoke of their despair at being kept in overcrowded cells, away from their families, some of them sick with AIDS, and of having repented for their crimes. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)