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Inmates with no religion are the largest group, however

‘This isn’t a folkloric ceremony,’ Francis tells inmates

Most of the inmates who died had never been convicted of a crime

Almost 100 inmates have died in Brazil since the turn of the year

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for prisoners killed in recent riots in Brazil

The prisoners were selected according to the nature of their crimes and their behaviour while in prison

Francis urged the inmates to never give up hope in God’s mercy

Byron Lima was imprisoned for the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, who was a critic of military abuses during the country’s civil war

Seeking God behind bars

Prison can be a time for rethinking. As a catechist, I have seen a deep spiritual hunger behind the locked doors

Bishop Richard Moth has welcomed the Government’s emphasis on rehabilitation for prisoners