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Prison reform could be immediate fruit of Pope’s Chile trip

One immediate result of Pope Francis's trip to Chile may be a prison reform allowing female inmates to remain united with their children.

Peru prisoners build chairs for papal visit

Prisoners convicted of crimes like robbery and drug trafficking at a prison in the Peruvian Amazon are using their time behind bars to build simple wooden chairs that indigenous leaders will use while meeting with Pope Francis.

Irish bishop recalls Cranberries’ musician for her faith, inspiration

The Cranberries' frontwoman, Dolores O'Riordan, has been described as a woman of soul and courage by the bishop of Limerick, where she honed her musical talent at a Catholic school in the 1980s.

Philippine church leaders expect more deaths as police relaunch drug war

Church leaders in the Philippines warned of more killings after the national police announced it is relaunching the government's controversial anti-narcotics war.

Visiting bishops praise Gazans, but say Christian presence is shrinking

Even when a situation is hopeless, people must not lose hope, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa, told parishioners at the Gaza Strip's only Catholic parish.