Please join us on in Philadelphia on September 20 for an interfaith prayer service that will honor the lives of people sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as children, their victims, and the families of both. Additionally, we will thank Pope Francis for his support for reform.
The Pope will visit Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York this month. While in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, the Pontiff plans to visit the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. In honor of the Pope’s visit, a special grotto was crafted at the Basilica Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia as “a ritual-based gathering site to foster hope, spirituality, and collective action.” The church is located at 1723 Race St. in Philadelphia
The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth have partnered with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Hunger and Homelessness Coalition of the World Meeting of Families to co-host this special interfaith prayer service at the grotto on September 20th at 2 p.m.