George Williams, S.J., the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin, spoke with America about conditions inside the prison and what needs to be done to protect its especially at-risk inmates.
In an empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis presided over the historic 'Via Crucis" with help from groups of health care workers and prisoners.
Prison guards, probation officers and volunteers also authored some of the meditations, which were released in Italian April 3 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican publishing house.
At each of Mexico City’s 13 prisons, hundreds of people are still admitted each visiting day to see their imprisoned family members. For the inmates, they are a vital lifeline.
The pope prayed for prisoners and their families who are unable to visit because of the Italian government's strict social-distancing measures.