- Jan 22, 2020
A voluntary faith and character-based program, created by state law, aims to assist inmates in their adjustment to prison, help them take responsibility for their actions and reduce recidivism, meaning the tendency to relapse into criminal behavior.
Visiting the imprisoned is an act of mercy that has implications for all Christians and not just those involved in prison ministry, Pope Francis said.
On Sunday Pope Francis gave a shout-out to Ukraine and Russia for the recent exchange of 70 prisoners, voicing not only his happiness for those set free, but his hope that the gesture would help bring an end to the ongoing conflict between the two nations.
A longtime effort of Kolbe Prison Ministries and Texas diocesan correction ministries, Kolbe prison retreats, named for the Polish martyr, offer incarcerated men and women the chance to experience God’s redemptive grace and mercy with a weekend featuring the sacraments, small-group sharing and more, organizers said.
Often an outspoken champion for the protection of the most vulnerable, Pope Francis on Sunday issued an appeal for the international community to adhere to legal limitations for times of war outlined in the Geneva Conventions, the 70th anniversary of which will take place Monday.
Jesus’ gesture of washing his disciples’ feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees on Holy Thursday.