Organized by the Pastoral Care of Prisons, on 3 and 4 February the retreat of prison chaplains in the Convent of San Alfonso, in Villa Allende, Cordoba was held.
Over 22 chaplains from all over the country and
members of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Prisons,
presided by His Exc. Mgr. Esteban Maria Laxague SDB, Bishop of Viedma
The closing Mass coincided with the opening of another meeting, that of
diocesan leaders who work in this field and which took place from
Saturday 4 to Tuesday, February 7th. There were 32 dioceses of
Argentina, while the slogan "and after the release, what is there?" was a
clear reference to the problem of the situation of prisoners who regain
According to information from the note sent to Fides by AICA, Church
leaders worked and exchanged experiences to deal with this new problem.
His Exc. Mgr. Pedro Torres, Auxiliary Bishop of Cordoba, dealt with the
theme of "Dignity of labor" for all. The final Mass presented new and
difficult challenges, but also proposals for technical training of staff
already working in this area.
In Argentina, the Catholic Church has the pastoral care of prisoners at
The reality of prisons, however, is very
diverse and difficult to follow: in the country there are more than 250
prisons, which house around 69,000 prisoners, according to the latest
publication of the 2014 National Statistical System.