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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Staff and prisoners credit an emphasis on faith, family and redemption — even for lifers and inmates on death row — that Warden Burl Cain brought to Angola. The inmates were reuniting with their families. Volunteers with the Awana Lifeline ministry wore gray and lime-green T-shirts, and the inmates wore red, blue, yellow and dark green shirts.

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Staff and prisoners credit an emphasis on faith, family and redemption — even for lifers and inmates on death row — that Warden Burl Cain brought to Angola. The inmates, shown here in red and yellow shirts, reunited with their families, as the volunteers in lime-green shirts watched.

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Inside the walls of the once-infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are tales of haunting desperation turned into inspiration. (Associated Press)

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Inside the walls of the once-infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola are tales of haunting desperation turned into inspiration. (Associated Press)

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Returning Hearts: Prisoners and their families celebrate an annual reunion at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Once known as the bloodiest state prison in the nation, Angola has become a place of spiritual change.

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Staff and prisoners credit an emphasis on faith, family and redemption — even for lifers and inmates on death row — that Warden Burl Cain brought to Angola. The inmates were reuniting with their families. Volunteers with the Awana Lifeline ministry wore gray and lime-green T-shirts, and the inmates wore red, blue, yellow and dark green shirts.

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Iran's Ashkan Dejagah, right, challenges for a ball with Joaquim Adao, left, of Angola during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Angola, in Hartberg, Austria, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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Iran's Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz looks on during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Angola, in Hartberg, Austria, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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Iran's Ehsan Hajisafi, right, challenges for a ball with Jose Vunguidica, left, of Angola during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Angola, in Hartberg, Austria, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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Iran's Sardar Azmoun, left, challenges for a ball with Vadoi, right, of Angola during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Angola, in Hartberg, Austria, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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Iran's Ehsan Hajisafi, right, challenges for a ball with Lunguinha, left, of Angola during a friendly soccer match between Iran and Angola, in Hartberg, Austria, Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)