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Pope in Paul VI Hall During General Audience --Copyright Vatican Media

Pope Francis Condemns Grisly Prison Riot in Brazil

During General Audience, Renews Appeal for Prisons to Be Places of Learning, Reintegration

“I renew my appeal that prisons be places of re-education and re-integration into society; and that the conditions of life of prisoners might be worthy of human persons.”

Condemning yesterday’s brutal attack at a prison in Brazil’s Amazon Jungle City of Manaus, Pope Francis stressed this to the pilgrims and visitors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall during his first General Audience of 2017.

“Yesterday, from Brazil, arrived the dramatic news of the massacre that took place in the Manaus prison, where a violent clash between rival gangs caused dozens of deaths,” Francis said, referring to the riot sparked by a clash between rival drug gangs which claimed some 60 lives, decapitating many.

“I express my sorrow and concern about what happened,” Francis said, inviting those present to pray for those who have died, their families, for all that prison’s inmates and for those who work there.”

Pope Francis concluded, urging those present to pray to Mary, Mother of Prisoners, with a Hail Mary.


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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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