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Pope Francis to ask heads of state to pardon prisoners as...

The invitation to make a “gesture of clemency” will be sent “on the occasion of the upcoming Christmas,” a Dec. 12 communication said

India’s prison ministry urges gov’t, Church to ease suffering of prisoners

"It is the duty of the government to make sure that prisoners enjoy the fundamental and basic human rights” said the group

Thailand bars prisons from using inmates to make fishing nets

Thai officials ban new contracts using prison labor to make nets after ex-inmates said they were forced to work for little or no pay

Vietnam approves 17 religious texts for use in prisons

Several government ministries collaborated to approve a list of 17 books, including the Bible, and distribute 4,400 copies to 54 prisons

Church in Pakistan helps 20 former prisoners to open companies

The project aims to help the former prisoners "earn some money and support their families"

Prisoners got 15,000 gelati from pope during Rome’s long, hot summer

The summer was one of the hottest on record in Italy, with one city in Sicily reporting 49 Celsius in August

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