- Apr 9, 2021
On Palm Sunday, Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks who made headlines in 2010 for publishing thousands of confidential US diplomatic documents, received a personal letter from Pope Francis.
With at least 79 inmates killed in riots in three prisons in Ecuador on Feb. 23, the Catholic bishops are calling for a “humanization” of detention centers.
The women housed at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, the only women’s prison in the state of New Jersey, seem to have the cards stacked against them.
After Brazil’s prisons imposed restrictive measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, complaints of torture in correctional facilities increased by 70 percent, according to the nation’s bishops.
Incarceration is “a central moral challenge of our time,” said Danielle Sered, the founding director of the restorative justice organization Common Justice.
With COVID-19 contagions climbing in several countries around the world, an Italian NGO with ties to the Catholic Church has implemented projects for the mass production of masks to help the most vulnerable populations.
In 1993, 39-year-old nuclear engineer Hal Elkins hit the bottle and fell into a jealous rage and shot his girlfriend, Kathryn Linn, and the man she was with, Marvin Eugene Mayer. Within a decade, other inmates would be calling Elkins “the Bishop of OSP.”
Meditations for Pope Francis’s “Via Crucis” ceremony on Good Friday were written by prisoners and their families, as well as crime victims and their families.