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Topic - Mai Fernandez
Americans — Catholics and non-Catholic — expressed surprise and mostly satisfaction as the news broke that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been selected the next pope of the global church, the first pontiff from the New World.
For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in a report depicting current policies as sometimes "cruel as well as senseless."
"Transparency is the only moral option," said Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. "Without a full confession, the church cannot hope to continue its important work unclouded by the sins of its past."