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Pope prays for those unjustly sentenced

Before beginning his daily Mass, the pope prayed for people who are unjustly sentenced.

In these days of Lent, we've seen the persecution Jesus suffered, and how the doctors of the Law were relentlessly set against him. He was judged under relentless hatred, with relentless hatred, being innocent. I would like to pray today for all the people who suffer unjust sentences because of unrelenting hatred.

Pope Francis said this hours after Australian cardinal George Pell, who had been sentenced to six years in prison, was released and acquitted of abuse charges.