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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

Apr 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 11, 2015 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

In new interview, Pope says to never give up hope for conversion

Apr 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has given an interview ahead of his Holy Thursday visit to a prison, warning, among other things, against... Read more

Conditions lamented as seven Argentine inmates die in fire

Mar 9, 2017

The deaths of seven inmates in a fire at a police station in Pergamino, Argentina has brought renewed criticisms of... Read more

The letter that Pope Francis wrote to a young mother in prison.

Pope Francis wrote a letter to this young mother in prison

Dec 30, 2016

A prison inmate in Chile was surprised when she received a letter this summer from Pope Francis, whom she had... Read more

Pilgrims with Our Lady of Guadalupe at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, March 30, 2016.

Virgin of Guadalupe visits women in LA jail

Dec 2, 2016

The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe made its way through the narrow halls of the Century Regional Women Detention... Read more

Prisoners serve at Mass with Pope Francis Nov. 6, 2016, for the Jubilee of Prisoners.

During jubilee for prisoners, Pope tells inmates not to lose hope

Nov 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday, Pope Francis held a special Mass held for prisoners inside St. Peter’s Basilica, telling them that while paying... Read more

Cardinal Nichols reminds Catholics: prisoners are part of the Church too

Sep 6, 2016

Urging the Catholic Church to work for prison reform, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster stressed the need to ensure that... Read more

Prison inmates in Argentina paint statue of Virgin Mary

Jul 7, 2016

A local bishop in Argentina blessed a statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which had been recently painted... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a man at Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27, 2015.

Confinement is not exclusion! Pope Francis visits with Philly inmates

Sep 27, 2015

During his visit to a Philadelphia correctional facility this morning, Pope Francis said every person is marked and bruised by... Read more

Children play on a stage at the Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, while Pope Francis listens to a greeting from Archbishop Juárez of Sucre, July 10, 2015.

From one sinner to another, Pope asks for prayers during prison visit

Jul 10, 2015

Pope Francis on Friday told Bolivian inmates that he too is a sinner who has experienced the merciful love of... Read more

Bishop James Conley confirms men at the Nebraska State Penitentiary March 31.

Be 'saints of this prison,' Bishop Conley tells inmates at Confirmation

Apr 1, 2015

On Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offered Mass and confirmed four inmates at the Nebraska State... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Holy See's hospital works to help inmates re-enter society

Mar 14, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for inmates at the Rebibbia New Complex Prison in the suburbs of... Read more

Legislation to help former inmates draws Catholic praise

Mar 5, 2014

In a letter to national lawmakers, Catholic leaders applauded the Second Chance Act as an enhancement of public safety and... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013.

Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha's Residence

Feb 20, 2014

Pope Francis set aside his schedule Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island... Read more

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City.

Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Dec 18, 2013

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during... Read more


Nun called 'the prison angel' dies in Mexico at 86

Oct 29, 2013

Mother Antonia Brenner, who married and divorced twice before converting to the Catholic faith and devoting herself to prison ministry... Read more

Jail, Prison, Death Row.

Priest shares God’s love on Ohio’s death row

Sep 1, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

An Ohio priest says his ministry to prisoners on death row has strengthened his conviction in the power of God’s... Read more