Far from soaring cathedrals, prisoners await Pope Francis’ message of hope – LA Times

Ed Gilchrist grew up in the rough Philly neighborhood of Kensington, dealing drugs “as soon as I was old enough to count money.” Now serving his second jail stretch, for a marijuana bust, he’s about to experience something that more solid citizens could never hope for — an audience with Pope Francis.

Source: Far from soaring cathedrals, prisoners await Pope Francis’ message of hope – LA Times


Pope to push for prison reform

Source: Pope to push for prison reform


Pope to highlight plight of prisoners – POLITICO

Pope Francis is also planning to meet with prisoners at a penitentiary in Philadelphia.

Source: Pope to highlight plight of prisoners – POLITICO


Family donates car to continue chaplain’s ministry with inmates – Waxahachie Daily Light: News

Source: Family donates car to continue chaplain’s ministry with inmates – Waxahachie Daily Light: News


Pope Francis, on U.S. Visit, Will Reach Out to the Struggling – The New York Times

But to an unparalleled degree, this pope is making a point of spending time with people on the bottom rungs of American society: day laborers, refugees, the homeless, underprivileged schoolchildren and prisoners.

Source: Pope Francis, on U.S. Visit, Will Reach Out to the Struggling – The New York Times


CNS STORY: At Bolivian prison, pope calls himself man ‘saved from his many sins’

CNS STORY: At Bolivian prison, pope calls himself man ‘saved from his many sins’.


Prison Planet – NYTimes.com

Different nations take very different approaches to the convicts they deem the most dangerous. From Russia’s prison island to Saudi Arabia’s unexpectedly cushy cellblocks, here are some of the most notable.

via Prison Planet – NYTimes.com.