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Sunday 6 November - Jubilee for Prisoners

Pope Francis marked Sunday 6 November as a Jubilee for Prisoners. He celebrated Mass for the Jubilee yesterday in Saint Peter's Basilica, during which he reminded the 1000+ attending prison detainees to never lose hope, or fall into the temptation that they can never be forgiven. Read the full report, here.
 
Following the Mass, speaking at the Sunday Angelus, the Pope urged prison authorities to respect 'the human dignity of detainees' and stressed the criminal justice system must include rehabilitation alongside punishment. Read the report in The Tablet, here.
 
The Catholic Church in Australia also celebrated the Jubilee for Prisoners across the weekend as part of the Year of Mercy. On behalf of the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council, Bishop Terry Brady prepared a special video message for prisoners. View the Australian Catholic Bishop's conference report and video, here.
 
The November issue of Melbourne Catholic, available now in parishes, also contains an informative article by David Halliday on the Jubilee for Prisoners and the important work of prison chaplains. Throughout this week, Victoria's prisons will hold special Masses in celebration of the Jubilee. Catholic Prison Ministry Victoria Director Sr Mary O'Shannassy SGS said the bishops had been supportive of the initiative and, where possible, would attend the prisons in person. Melbourne Auxiliary Bishop Mark Edwards OMI celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Remand Centre and Sale Bishop Patrick O'Regan offered Mass at Fulham Correctional Centre in Sale. 
 
Download a PDF of the Melbourne Catholic article here.
 
 
 
 
 




 
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