Two decades after her anti-death penalty work was transformed into an Oscar-winning movie, “Dead Man Walking,” Sister Helen Prejean’s campaign continues with the backing of Pope Francis. RNS photo by Rosie Scammell

(RNS) — Sister Helen Prejean wants to get religion “right.”

But too often, she said, people use religion, including Christianity, for the wrong reasons.

That includes Scripture used by politicians to justify separating families at the border, said Prejean, 80. Or Jesus’ death being used by Christians to defend the death penalty.

Or thinking that praying for justice is the same as acting for it.

“It took me a long time to get Jesus right,” she said.

“It took me a long time to not just live Christianity as practicing charity to

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