David Quinn: Our debt to Christianity is far greater than we think
A few days ago as part of his Christmas schedule, Pope Benedict XVI visited a prison in Rome to decry overcrowding and assure the inmates that no matter what they had done, they are worthy of respect and dignity.
The Pope received a rapturous welcome from the prisoners, many of whom were visibly moved by the occasion.
This practice of visiting prisoners goes right back to the start of Christianity. It is a response to the words of Jesus to his followers: "I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you came to me, I was in prison and you visited me."