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Pope Francis visits infamous Bolivian prison, Palmasola and President Obama plans trip to federal prison in Oklahoma; is the wind shifting on our mass incarceration policies?

All Things Considered ran this Arun Rath story about the Pontiff’s stop at Palmasola, part of a tour through Latin America.


Palmasola is the biggest jail in Bolivia, and has become famous after news reports exposed corruption and violence permitted by the guards in exchange for bribes.

The papal visit was chronicled in a video, below.

Pope Francis isn’t the only high-profile leader paying attention to incarceration; President Obama will visit Oklahoma’s El Reno Correctional Institution, becoming the first sitting US president to visit […]

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Matthew & Monte Vine interviewed on biblical support for same-sex relationships

Matthew and Monte Vine talk with Diane Rehm about the difficulties their family experienced when Matthew told Monte and his mother that he was attracted to other men. Together, the father and son started studying the Bible together, and the results of their study led Matthew to write and publish a book, “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships”.

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Headshot photo of the Rev. David W. Peters

Army chaplain on faith and doubt through grief

Photo Courtesy Robert K. Chambers

US Army Chaplain David Peters found his faith severely tested after returning home from Iraq in 2006. Facing the dissolution of his marriage, and a feeling of abandonment and estrangement from God, Peters struggled with and ultimately left the fundamentalist evangelical church he had belonged to.

He eventually remarried, was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, and wrote a memoir about his experiences titled “Death Letter: God, Sex, and War.” The title is derived from the […]

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