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Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro (CNS)

The prisoners were selected according to the nature of their crimes and their behaviour while in prison

Pope Francis celebrates  Mass for the Jubilee of inmates in St. Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis urged the inmates to never give up hope in God’s mercy

Former Guatemalan Army Captain Byron Lima Oliva, centre, was sentenced in 2006 to 20 years in prison (AP)

Byron Lima was imprisoned for the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, who was a critic of military abuses during the country’s civil war

Mass at Wormwood Scrubs prison (catholicrelics.co.uk)

Seeking God behind bars

Prison can be a time for rethinking. As a catechist, I have seen a deep spiritual hunger behind the locked doors

Bishop Richard Moth has previously spoken out about over crowding in prisons (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Catholic bishops back Tory prison reforms

Bishop Richard Moth has welcomed the Government’s emphasis on rehabilitation for prisoners

Police officers stand near a Pope Francis cutout in the center of town in Ciudad Juarez, (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Pope Francis arrives in the country today and will visit a once-notorious prison on Wednesday

The Passion of Jesus  performed by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square (PA)

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark will take a dramatisation of the last days of Christ to one of Italy’s biggest prisons

Timothy Muise and Shawn Fisher unveil the John Collins and Edward Farley Thomas Merton Resource and Research Centre at a state prison in Shirley (CNS)

The ‘resource and research centre’ is housed in Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel at prison in Shirley, Massachusetts

Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold prison in Philadelphia (CNS)

Pope Francis spent an hour at the Curran-Fromhold prison on Sunday

Pope Francis {AP)

50 inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison were given a tour of the Vatican gardens before listening to the Pope’s Angelus address