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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

A pilgrim form Ecuador holds her country's flag on Copacabana beach,  Rio de Janeiro, at the World Youth Day opening Mass in 2013 (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code.

Bishop Richard Moth (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

In a lecture the bishop for prisons says children should not suffer for their parent’s crimes