Pope blasts ‘invisible walls’ in bringing youth fest to jail

  • Local residents line the roadside to greet Pope Francis as he rides past in his Popemobile en route to Las Garzas de Pacora detention center for minors, in Panama, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Francis will celebrate a special penitential Mass for Panama’s juvenile delinquents inside the Central American country’s main youth lockup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

  • Youth sleep on a lawn near the Apostolic Nunciature as they wait to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he is driven past in Panama City, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Francis will celebrate a special penitential Mass Friday for Panama’s juvenile delinquents inside the Central American country’s main youth lockup in Pacora. (AP Photo/Tito Herrera)

  • Local residents line the roadside to greet Pope Francis as he rides past in his Popemobile en route to Las Garzas de Pacora detention center for minors, in Panama, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Francis will celebrate a special penitential Mass for Panama’s juvenile delinquents inside the Central American country’s main youth lockup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

LAS GARZAS, Panama — Pope Francis on Friday denounced how society puts up “invisible walls” to marginalize sinners and criminals as he brought World Youth Day to Panama’s juvenile delinquents who can’t participate in the Catholic Church’s big festival of faith.

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