(Original Caption) Kneeling prisoners applaud as Pope John XXIII visits the Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven) Prison, Rome's largest, Dec. 26th. The Pontiff spent an hour and ten minutes with the 11,300 male prisoners in the jail, as he personally carried the Christmas spirit into the bleak cells. The visit revived a custom of Pope Pius IX, who visited the prisoners every Christmas during his pontificate form 1846 to 1878.
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May 12th, 2020
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