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Mexican prison riot will not change plans for Pope's visit

February 12, 2016

A deadly riot at a Mexican prison will not alter plans for Pope Francis to visit a different prison during his stay in Mexico, Vatican officials have said.

More than 50 inmates were killed, and a dozen others seriously wounded, in a February 11 riot sparked by rival drug gangs in a prison in Monterrey. The bloodshed called attention to the crowding of the institutions, and the dangerous clashes between members of different drug-trafficking groups. 

Pope Francis is due to visit a prison in Juarez on February 17. 


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