Bishop Grech leads Mass at Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary for Kordin inmates
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A group of inmates from the Kordin Correctional Facility met and prayed with Gozo Bishop Mgr Mario Grech in the chapel of the National Sanctuary of our Lady of Ta’ Pinu on Saturday.
Bishop Grech called on society to change their perception of those who are serving prison sentences.
During the homily, in the presence of thirty prisoners, accompanied by twelve officers from the Facility, the Bishop asked Our Lady to “help us change our glasses so that we can see better.” Bishop Grech explained, “she understands those who are imprisoned because she is a mother who had her son in prison, was convicted and given the death penalty.”
He invited the inmates present to “believe in themselves, despite the mistakes they have made.” Bishop Grech also stressed that a change of perspective is needed in how society looks at the prison and its regulations.This was the first time that a group of inmates from Kordin has visited Ta’ Pinu and it took place to mark the occasion of the Diocesan Marian Year in Gozo.
With the Bishop were among others, Fr Hayden Williams and Fr Martin Mamo, and two Capuchin monks who serve as chaplains at the Facility.
The Sanctuary donated a large framed painting of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu for the Chapel at the Facility, as well as a small square of the same image for each inmate. The Bishop was presented with a sculpture worked in Maltese stone by one of the inmates, as well as bread baked by the inmates that morning to give to the needy.Also present for the Mass were Michael Farrugia, Minister of the Interior and National Security, together with Alex Dalli, the Director General and CEO of the Correctional Facility.