Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archbishop, bearing Christmas gifts, visits Men’s Central Jail

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Santa, as usual, was a no-show at the Men's Central Jail.

In his place Sunday came three presumably wise men — Archbishop Jose Gomez, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Sheriff's Capt. Ralph Ornelas, making their way down long, dimly lit rows of cellblocks to dispense Christmas cheer. At least, as much as was possible in a place where one day is pretty much like the last.

"Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!" Gomez proclaimed over and over as he walked down the line of narrow, cramped cells, trailed by volunteer carolers. At each cell, he slipped through the bars a copy of "Tattoos on the Heart," a book of modern parables by Father Gregory Boyle, the Jesuit founder of Homeboy Industries in East L.A.

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