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Sentenced to 30 years for murder, a Catholic inmate will profess poverty, chastity, and obedience

An Italian prisoner, sentenced to 30 years for murder, will make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on Saturday, in... Read more

Prison chaplains adapt as coronavirus limits their ministry

The worldwide outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is beginning to touch one of the populations in the United States most vulnerable... Read more

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston celebrates Mass and Confirmation with inmates at Perry Correctional Institution.

For South Carolina inmates, Catholic prison ministry changes lives

A prison ministry in South Carolina brought five inmates into the Catholic Church this winter, with the help of a... Read more

Arizona home helps women rebuild lives after prison

Women leaving prison can face numerous challenges – from finding housing and employment despite a criminal record to repairing relationships... Read more

Development of prison catechesis program draws strong support

It took a Catholic evangelist just three days to raise the funds online for an apologetics and faith formation curriculum... Read more

Bishop Sebastian Chico confirms inmates at a prison in Campos del Rio, Spain. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Cartagena-Murcia.

New bishop confirms 62 inmates in Spanish prison

In one his first acts following his ordination as bishop, a prelate in Spain confirmed 62 inmates at the Murcia... Read more

Ryan Prasad and Bob Buckham at St. Mary's. Courtesy of Ryan Prasad.

'I've encountered Him' - how one inmate lost everything and found Christ

Ryan Prasad desperately wanted to change his life.  Read more

With a lifelong Catholic at the helm, Oregon eyes prison reform

The head of the Oregon prison system is looking to make significant changes to the way the state views punishment,... Read more

In Vancouver, prison ministry volunteers help change lives

A former inmate in Canada credits volunteers and staff members working in prison ministry in the Archdiocese of Vancouver with... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with personnel from the “Regina Coeli” prison Feb. 7, 2019.

Treat inmates with compassion, Pope Francis urges prison staff

Often spaces of suffering, prisons should be places of hope and the possibility of redemption, Pope Francis told prison personnel... Read more

The Benedict XVI Institute's schola with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Father Cassian outside San Quentin State Prison, Aug. 5, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Benedict XVI Institute.

Benedict XVI Institute At San Quentin

When the Benedict XVI Institute in San Francisco formed a choir to teach Gregorian chant and sacred music to interested... Read more

Possible merging of sentencing reform with prison bill draws praise

The largest global Christian prison ministry is applauding reports that U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to include... Read more

For chaplain, prison visits are about bringing Jesus – and meeting him

When Fr. Juan Carlos Cagliani goes on prison visits, he is not only seeking to bring Christ to the inmates,... Read more


Bishop confirms 15 inmates at Mexican prison visited by Pope Francis

Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos of Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua state, Mexico, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 15 inmates... Read more

For former inmates, returning to society comes with challenges

For the fourth time in his pontificate, Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison on Holy... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Female Central Penitentiary in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16, 2018.

Bars don't stop your ability to dream, Pope says at Chilean women's prison

Pope Francis visited a women's prison in Santiago on Tuesday, telling the inmates that while at times it might seem... Read more

Nearly 80 prisoners baptized in Argentina

Seventy-eight prisoners were baptized, confirmed, and received their First Holy Communion in an Argentine prison Dec. 1.  Read more

How visiting prisoners can change your life (and theirs)

Sometimes people surprise us for the better.  Read more

We must speak, act more on criminal justice reform, Christian leaders insist

With the justice system rife with abuse, there is still much work to be done to call the faithful to... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the feet of an inmate at Paliano prison during Holy Thursday Mass April 13.

You can show God's love even behind bars, Pope Francis tells inmates

Pope Francis spent Holy Thursday washing the feet of inmates, telling them in a brief homily that God is someone... Read more