Philadelphia — Inmates in the Philadelphia prison system are creating a stately chair to give to Pope Francis when he visits next month.

At a prison workshop on Monday, inmates worked to sand and refinish the wooden chair, which stands nearly 6 feet tall.

Another group of inmates previously hand-carved the piece out of walnut. Soon, it will be sent to nearby Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility to be upholstered by other inmates.

Francis plans to go there Sept. 27 to meet with about 100 inmates and some of their relatives during a two-day trip to the city.

Francis has made prison ministry a focus of his pontificate. He meets frequently with inmates and on two occasions washed prisoners’ feet during pre-Easter rituals.

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