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Paschal candle program brings light to prisoners’ lives, chaplain says

Used at the Easter vigil and at baptisms and funerals, the paschal candle symbolizes Christ who brings light and hope to a world lost in the darkness of sin and death.

Bishops support Biden’s racial equity orders related to housing, prisons

The chairmen of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees welcomed recent executive actions by President Joe Biden to address racial equity in housing and the use of private prisons by the federal government.

Cardinal Pell released from prison after court overturns conviction

VALLA BEACH, Australia (CNS) — Cardinal George Pell has been released from prison after 405 days behind bars after the seven judges of the High Court of Australia unanimously overturned the original December 2018 jury verdict that found him guilty on five counts of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in 1996.

Pope prays for solution to overcrowded prisons during pandemic

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While countries have enforced social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Pope Francis warned of serious consequences if the same measures aren’t applied to overcrowded prisons.

At Mass, pope prays for prisoners, families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis began his early morning Mass praying for prisoners experiencing great uncertainty and worrying about their families who cannot visit them due to lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

New Lithuanian cardinal, ‘strong internally,’ spent time in Soviet prison

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Lithuania’s new cardinal, a veteran of Soviet prisons and labor camps, counts on not being assigned “specific duties” following his elevation so he can continue serving his local Church.

Once imprisoned, Chinese woman now guides others to the Catholic faith

Others can try to take away or scare away the practice of the faith, but that's where private prayer triumphs as this woman proved.

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

ROME (CNS) — 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.

Inmates embrace fresh start on friendships, life, through prison ministry support

One volunteer greets inmates upon release with a metal cylinder containing small, essential gifts. It's also "their bucket list to put their plans and dreams in."

Juniper House provides hope for Flagstaff women leaving prison

For one Flagstaff woman, an unstable living condition led to homelessness, drug addiction and a life of crime. After exiting jail, she was determined to live differently; she heard about the Juniper House, a re-entry home for women in Flagstaff which was created in 2016 by Catholic Charities.