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Learning curve on both sides of the bars

KANDY (SE): Billed as the Mandela Shield, a debate between inmates at the Bogambara-Dumbara Prison in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and the prestigious law faculty of the University of Perandeniya on September 8, saw the prison team show there are talented people behind bars deserving the same respect and dignity as anyone else in society, and the students come away with a deeper understanding of the problems that exist on the other side of the law.

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Bishop writes to people in prison

HONG KONG (SE): “The majority of people in Hong Kong prisons eventually are offered the grace of walking through the holy door as an experience of joy after a long sorrow,” Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a gathering of people who work in the prison ministry held at the cathedral on August 28.

The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong added that before they get the chance to walk through the big gate to freedom, they must accept the consequences of their crimes.

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Hong Kong prisoners send greetings to pope

HONG KONG (SE): A familiar figure around the prisons of Hong Kong, Reverend Edwin Ng Wing-hung was in Rome at the end of May for a conference on the permanent diaconate and had the honour of a private audience with Pope Francis.

Father Pat Colgan, from the Columban central administration and a Spanish speaker, does voluntary work with the prison ministry. He took advantage of the opportunity and invited men in the prisons that he spends time with to write letters to Pope Francis.

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