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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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More than 50 people were killed during prison riots in Brazil on Monday. During his General Audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father called for prayers "for those who have died, for their families, for all the inmates of that prison, and for those who work there." The Pope also renewed his appeal "that prisons might be places of re-education and re-integration into society; and that the conditions of life of prisoners might be worthy of human persons."

In improvised remarks following the appeal, Pope Francis led the crowd in a prayer for the prisoners involved in the riots, both living and dead, and for all prisoners throughout the world. He prayed to Mary, the Mother of prisoners, that prisons might not be overcrowded, but might be places of rehabilitation.

Brazil's justice minister on Tuesday proposed an overhaul of the penal system to tackle chronic prison overcrowding The minister, Alexandre de Moraes, said his country needed to improve conditions in jails, which are home to an estimated 600,000 inmates, after visiting the prison in the jungle city of Manaus.

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