- Dec 9, 2019
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.
A prison sentence without hope serves no purpose other than to stir feelings of revenge and anger in inmates who are looking for a second chance in life, Pope Francis said.
More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits this week for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles away there are 144 more who can’t make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including murder — so the pontiff is going to them.
A proposal to end all custodial prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales has been called “the right thing to do” by the Catholic bishop in charge of prison policy for the Church in England and Wales.
A Catholic bishop has thanked the British government for acknowledging the role chaplains play in the mental health of inmates in the country’s prison system.