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Prison inmates in Argentina paint statue of Virgin Mary

Jul 8, 2016 - 12:03 am .- A local bishop in Argentina blessed a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which had been recently painted by inmates at Batán prison.  

Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo echoes call of US bishops

Feb 23, 2016 - 05:07 pm .- U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday his intent to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, a proposal that Catholic bishops have long supported in principle.

No one is beyond God's mercy, Pope tells inmates in Juarez

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:22 pm .- On his last day in Mexico, Pope Francis traveled to a city notorious for its violence and drug activity, meeting with inmates at a prison to deliver the message that no matter what their regrets, it’s never too late to start again.  

These three Catholic inmates in Milan are making Eucharistic Hosts

Jan 15, 2016 - 12:04 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.

The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course of the recent papal trip to Latin America.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Jun 22, 2015 - 02:54 pm .- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true.  

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:36 pm .- Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009.

God is a 'master of reintegration,' Pope assures prisoners

Jun 21, 2014 - 06:53 am .- In the first major meeting of his 12-hour pastoral visit to the Calabria region of southern Italy today, Pope Francis spoke to the inmates and staff of the district prison about the importance of re-integration, accomplished through both human and divine action.

Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Apr 15, 2014 - 10:39 am .- The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy of the Gospels as a gift from Pope Francis for Easter.

Dangers of solitary confinement highlighted at DC event

Mar 4, 2014 - 12:20 am .- Former prisoners, legal advocates and United Nations officials spoke out in Washington, D.C., against the use of solitary confinement for long periods of time, or for juveniles, the disabled and pregnant women.

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