Milan, Italy, Jan 15, 2016 / 00:04 am
The penitential path for three convicted murderers in Italy includes a unique role at Mass: they make the Eucharistic hosts to be consecrated by prison chaplains, a cardinal, and perhaps one day the Pope.
Cristiano Vallanzano, Giuseppe Ferlitto and Ciro D'Amora are among 1,300 inmates at the Opera maximum security prison in Milan, They are taking part in the "Meaning of Bread" program, which aims to create a process of reconciliation for the prisoners, the Italian television station TG2000 reports.
Vallanzano, the youngest of the three, is serving a 23-year sentence.
"Above everything else, I hope to be forgiven by God for what I've done," he said.