Prisoners get out of jail for papal Mass at Vatican

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In the Catholic Church's Jubilee year of mercy, Pope Francis wants to lead by example.

And at a special Mass in St. Peters Basilica on Sunday, the Pontiff chose to direct his holy efforts at prisoners from around the world.

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Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass in front of a thousand prisoners, prison chaplains and volunteers in St. Peter's Basilica on November 6, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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Pope Francis leaves at the end of a Jubilee mass for prisoners in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 6, 2016.

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Pope Francis, framed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's colonnade, delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The pontiff held a special Jubilee Mass for prisoners in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, telling them "we have all made mistakes" and urging them to never give up hope in God's mercy. He later called on political leaders to respect the dignity of inmates and offer them amnesty whenever possible.

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis celebrates a Jubilee mass for prisoners in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 6, 2016.

(REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

A Swiss Guard on duty as Pope Francis celebrates a Holy Mass in front of a thousand prisoners, prison chaplains and volunteers in St. Peter's Basilica on November 6, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican.

(Andrea Franceschini/Corbis via Getty Images News)

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The pontiff held a special Jubilee Mass for prisoners in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday, telling them "we have all made mistakes" and urging them to never give up hope in God's mercy. He later called on political leaders to respect the dignity of inmates and offer them amnesty whenever possible.

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis celebrates a Jubilee mass for prisoners in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 6, 2016.

(REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis celebrates a Jubilee mass for prisoners in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 6, 2016.

(REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Inmates, on November 6, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers. The prisoners from 12 countries will had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the 'Holy Door' at Saint Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins.

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Pope Francis leads the Holy Mass for Jubilee of Prisoners in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Vatican on November 06, 2016. One thousand prisoners take part in a special event at the Vatican, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers. The prisoners from 12 countries had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the 'Holy Door' at St. Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins.

(Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Inmates, on November 6, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers. The prisoners from 12 countries will had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the 'Holy Door' at Saint Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins.

(VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis celebrates the Holy Mass for the Jubilee of inmates, at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis leads a mass for the Jubilee of Inmates, on November 6, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. One thousand prisoners -- including some lifers -- take part in a special event at the Vatican this weekend, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers. The prisoners from 12 countries will had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the 'Holy Door' at Saint Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins.

(VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis leads the Holy Mass for Jubilee of Prisoners in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Vatican on November 06, 2016. One-thousand prisoners took part in a special event at the Vatican, along with 3,000 family members, prison staff and volunteers. The prisoners from 12 countries had yesterday the opportunity to confess and walk through the 'Holy Door' at St. Peter's Basilica, a Jubilee tradition by which Catholics can ask forgiveness for their sins.

(Photo by: Giuseppe Ciccia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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

The Vatican says about 1,000 prisoners - most 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," he added.

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

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