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Pope Francis visits Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia: ‘I know it is a painful time’

For the first time, a sitting Pope visited a United States jail.

Pope Francis delivered remarks to inmates and their families at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday morning, just hours before he’ll hold a mass in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Of the inmates selected to meet with Pope Francis, nine were charged with murder, 15 with rape, five with robbery and 12 with assault.

After the Pontiff spoke to the inmates — he emphasized reintegrating into society and getting back on the right path — he shook hands with every prisoner in the room. One inmate even stood for a hug.

Here’s how Pope Francis’ visit to Curran-Fromhold went:

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