Santiago, Chile, Dec 30, 2016 / 04:03 am America/Denver (CNA).
A prison inmate in Chile was surprised when she received a letter this summer from Pope Francis, whom she had written a year ago asking for prayers.
On July 27, local bishop Luis Infanti came to the prison in Coyhaique, located in the Aysén Region in southern Chile. He gave the letter to Nicol, a young mother who is being held there.
The story began last year, when the inmates at Coyhaique prison were visited by the Apostolic Nuncio, Ivo Scapolo, who proposed that she write a letter to the Pope that he would personally deliver to him.
The young woman told the Holy Father about her conditions in prison and her sentence. She asked “that you pray a lot for me and for the people living here with me,” she told the diocese of Aysén's communications office.
The letter was immediately sent to the Holy See and eventually, a reply came to the Nunciature. Due to what the diocese described as unavoidable circumstances, the delivery of the message to Nicol was delayed for a year.