Pope John Paul II visited an infamous prison Sunday known as ``The Living Hell,' where he prayed with AIDS victims and urged drug traffickers to go straight.

John Paul told 300 inmates in the prison chapel that faith could help them escape an underworld of drug trafficking, violence and the Mafia. The theme has marked the pope's five-day visit to the Naples region, his longest pastoral journey in Italy.The 71-year-old Poggioreale prison is the most notorious in crime-ridden Naples because of overcrowding and poor conditions. Built for 1,000 prisoners, it housed 2,700 until recently, when several hundred were transferred to a new prison.

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