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Europe’s episcopal conferences highlight religious freedom in prisons

June 03, 2016

Catholic prison chaplains, joined by chaplains of other religious bodies, met with representatives of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to discuss radicalization in prisons.

Following the meeting, the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences and the International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care issued a statement emphasizing the importance of religious freedom in prisons, the human rights of prisoners, and “the proven role of the prison chaplain in the face of violent extremism in prison.”

“We reaffirm our commitment to be at the service of the spiritual wellbeing of those in prisons and to promote a spirit of peace, tolerance and mutual understanding between people belonging to different religious confessions or to none,” the statement added.


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