Gadsden Finds God

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baptism in jail

A sheriff in Gasden County, Florida, inherited a community caught in a cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration. He made an unusual decision and allowed churchgoers into the criminal justice system to help turn things around. Read it in The New York Times here: Gadsden Finds God. Read Pope Francis’ message to inmates in Mexico after the jump:

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Misc: The Mentally Ill Are Our Lepers

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The world is ripe for change

TCC’s own Melissa Musick writes for The National Catholic Reporter about the fact that the largest “mental health care facilities” in the United States are prisons and jails. She writes, “Change might begin with priests and pastors and Stephen ministers and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion visiting their neighbors, friends and parishioners when they are ill with mental problems, just as they do when those same people have heart problems.” Read more here: The Mentally Ill Are Our Lepers. See pictures of mentally ill prisoners after the jump:

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