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God in prison: A ministry of confrontation and mercy

One of the corporal works of mercy is visiting “the sick and imprisoned” and as the Year of Mercy draws to a close, Aleteia visited with Fr. Roger Reader, Prison Adviser for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Fr. Reader calls it “a privilege to work with people in prison; it’s an extraordinary environment where you would think the hope had gone.”

Instead, in prison, hope is something that must be re-discovered. “In a way someone is told that going to prison is for 5 year, maybe for 10 years, maybe for the rest of their natural life, and they will have found themselves separated from their loved ones, their family and all that is important to them,” he says. “You would think they would lose hope, but I find that in prison there is hope. There can be hope, and it is absolutely a privilege to talk to people for whom the Gospel is so new, and so fresh. A lot of them come from a very secular background, and they will not have had much of a Catholic upbringing.”

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