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BENEDICT XVI: REHABILITATION OF PRISONERS IS THE CULMINATING FEATURE OF PENAL SYSTEMS

Vatican City, 22 November 2012 (VIS) – This morning Benedict XVI received participants in the seventeenth Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison Administration.

Speaking English, the Holy Father observed that “matters of criminal justice are continually being brought to the attention of the public and of governments, especially at a time when economic and social inequalities and increasing individualism are feeding the roots of criminality. There is a tendency, though, to limit the debate to the legislative aspect of the question of crime and punishment or to the judicial process. . Less attention is given to the way custodial sentences are carried out. In this regard, alongside the parameter of ‘justice’, another essential element is respect for human dignity and human rights. Yet this too, while…

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