SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 - VIA CNS TOP STORIES
Visiting prison, pope says all people need forgiveness, cleansing
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — While pilgrims in Philadelphia put up with a long weekend of lines and security checks at the papal venues, the pope reached out to a group of people whose lives are lines and security checks for years at a time.
Pope Francis spent about an hour at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. He entered the gymnasium from behind a blue curtain, walking up on to the small stage and carefully inspecting the large chair the inmates had made for him. He turned, with a big smile across his face, and gave the inmates a sincere Pope Francis thumbs up. [ Read more ... ]
JULY 16, 2015 - VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES
Take a few minutes to watch a this beautifully done Op-doc short documentary on the New York Times highlighting JRJI's Director of Development, Carlos Cervantes, who is also part of the Ride Home Program team, a project of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and the Stanford Three Strikes Project. Through the Ride Home Program, Carlos picks up men who are released from life sentences and guides them through their first hours of freedom.
November 3: Retreat at Kern Valley State Prison
November 9-10: Retreat at High Desert State Prison
November 16: Retreat at Ironwood State Prison
November 24: Retreat at Calipatria State Prison
Take a ride with Fr. Michael Kennedy, SJ, the Executive Director of the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative in Culver City, CA and learn the way JRJI operates in order to restore relationships broken as a result of gang violence and incarceration. Filmed by The Ignatian News Network (2012).