- Apr 13, 2021
Sister Dianna Ortiz became a human rights advocate and peacemaker, starting an organization for torture survivors and becoming a visible presence of nonviolence at vigils and marches in the nation’s capital.
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.
Religious groups including the U.S. bishops argue that long-term solitary confinement in prison is a form of torture.
Calling torture a “mortal sin,” Pope Francis called on Christians to help victims of this crime against human rights.
The Center for Victims of Torture, a St. Paul nonprofit, is recognized internationally as a leader in helping victims of torture said Curt Goering, its executive director. “When they come to us here, they have deep, physical and emotional wounds, having endured the worst that any human being can possibly endure.”
From the beginning, Pope Francis has been a vocal advocate for the human dignity of prisoners, among other things choosing to celebrate three of his four Holy Thursday Masses to date in different Roman jails. In a new video message to prisoners in Argentina, the pope said that serving time without the hope for rehabilitation and reentering society isn’t “fruitful,” it’s actually a form of torture.
President Donald Trump exudes an ideology of “America first.” There’s only one problem for orthodox Christians, however — the nation may never come first, because in first place must always be Jesus Christ and his Gospel. In that sense, “Trumpism” is actually a heresy.