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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus broadcast from the Apostolic Palace March 29, 2020.

'COVID-19 knows no borders': Pope Francis calls for global ceasefire

The pope urged nations in conflict to respond to an appeal made by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 11, 2020.

Pope Francis offers Mass for prisoners after Italian prison riots

Following prison riots in Italy, Pope Francis offered Mass for prisoners and persecuted Christians on Wednesday during his livestreamed daily... Read more

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Churches often have 'best way forward' for helping inmates, Betsy DeVos says

The Secretary of Education said on Monday that churches are among the institutions with the best solutions for using education... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the foot of a prisoner during Holy Thursday Mass April 18, 2019.

Pope Francis urges inmates to be at service to one another

Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a prison in the suburbs of Rome Thursday, urging the... Read more

Pope Francis washes inmates' feet at Rome's Regina Coeli Prison during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Prisoners in Rome thank Francis for 'making sure we're not forgotten'

Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Mass at a prison in Rome was more than just another event for the inmates who... Read more

Pope Francis kisses prisoners' feet at Rome's Regina Coeli Prison. March 29, 2018.

Pope Francis to prisoners: Jesus will take a chance on you

Pope Francis had a message for prison inmates at the Mass for the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday: Jesus does... Read more

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How inmates at a Chilean women's prison are preparing for the Pope

As Pope Francis prepares to visit Chile next week, the inmates at San Joaquin Women's Penitentiary Center in Santiago are... Read more

Families of Iran's prisoners beg Congress to advocate for their release

Family members of American citizens imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress on Tuesday to advocate for their safe... Read more

Bishop offers prayers after Brazil prison riot leaves 56 dead

A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of... Read more

Pope Francis receives a cross made by an inmate at the CeReSo n. 3 prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17, 2016.

Pope asks authorities to grant clemency for prisoners during Jubilee

After celebrating Mass for prisoners in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis in his Angelus address appealed for better prison conditions... 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

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

Pope Francis visits the Rebibbia prison in Rome, April 2, 2015.

Prisoners to be Pope Francis' special guests at Mass in St. Peter's

On Nov. 6, a special Jubilee for Prisoners will be celebrated at the Vatican, drawing detainees and their families from... Read more

Prison inmates in Argentina paint statue of Virgin Mary

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

Barbed wire.

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

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday his intent to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, a proposal... Read more

Pope Francis meets with inmates at Cereso State Prison in Juarez City, Mexico on Feb. 17, 2016.

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

On his last day in Mexico, Pope Francis traveled to a city notorious for its violence and drug activity, meeting... Read more

These three Catholic inmates in Milan are making Eucharistic Hosts

The penitential path for three convicted murderers in Italy includes a unique role at Mass: they make the Eucharistic hosts... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course... Read more

Pope Francis before the Eucharistic celebration in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin on June 21, 2015.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was... Read more

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

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

In the first major meeting of his 12-hour pastoral visit to the Calabria region of southern Italy today, Pope Francis... Read more