According to reports, since mid-July Pope Francis has been using Communion wafers made by an Argentine prisoner in the daily Mass he celebrates at the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence.
The hosts are made by Gabriela Caballero, a 38-year-old woman who is serving a seven-year jail term in the San Martin Penitentiary outside Buenos Aires.
Caballero gave the hosts, together with a long letter to the pope, to Bishop Oscar Ojea of San Isidro, who regularly visits the prison. Ojea delivered the hosts to the pope on July 16 during a visit to the Vatican.
The pope began using the hosts on July 18, the day after he wrote back to Caballero, thanking her for the gift.
In his letter he wrote: “From tomorrow on I will celebrate Mass with these hosts and I can tell you it’s very touching for me.”
Caballero said: “Just reading ‘Dear Gabriela’ was a shock for me, as I’m in a place where I am deprived of my freedom.”
“In the middle of this darkness … I am proud to know that one can reach the Vatican even from prison,” she added.
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