Not just the usual death-row conversion story

An amazing story about a death-row inmate in Oregon who “evangelizes across the world” is in the current edition of the Catholic Sentinel in Portland, Ore. The inmate, Jeff Tiner, was once a white supremacist who now is devoted to St. Josephine Bakhita, the 19th-century African slave who was cited at the beginning of Pope Benedict’s recent encyclical on hope as an example of liberation and redemption.

And if you remember the huge national controversy a decade ago over a sacramental confession between an accused Oregon triple-murder suspect and a priest that was secretly taped by the authorities, you should read all the way to the end of the story to see how Tiner later became that man’s confirmation sponsor.

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