Prisoners get out of jail for papal mass at Vatican

Prisoners from around the world attended a special mass by Pope Francis on Sunday, as the Pope calls for society to put more trust in rehabilitation, improved jail conditions and more clemency.
Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Prisoners in Vatican City on Nov 6, 2016.
Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Prisoners in Vatican City on Nov 6, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

VATICAN (REUTERS) - In the Catholic Church's Jubilee year of mercy, Pope Francis wants to lead by example.

At a special mass in St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (Nov 6), the pontiff chose to direct his holy efforts at prisoners from around the world.

"Mercy, as the expression of God's love, is something we need to think about more deeply," said Pope Francis.

The Vatican says about 1,000 prisoners, mostly from Italian jails and many of them foreigners, came to Rome for the day.

The Pope urged society to give them another chance.

"There's a certain hypocrisy where we don't think about the possibility that people can change their lives. We put little trust in rehabilitation, in the reintegration into society," said Pope Francis.

During the mass, Francis also called for improved jail conditions and more clemency, messages of mercy in this Jubilee year.