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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

Benedict XVI visits prison in Rome

Pope laments overcrowding in prisons and tells hundreds of inmates that they are worthy of dignity

Jon Venables, in a police photo from 1993 (Photo: PA)

But even if they believed him, they would still be out for retribution, not rehabilitation

Think kindly of Russell as he awaits a judgment

After 23 years in prison, Russell L Ford awaits a decision from the 11th federal circuit court in Atlanta