Pope Francis calls for abolishing the death penalty

death penalty injectionall credits: Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
published: 23 October 2014

Catholic News Service (CNS) and others are reporting that Pope Francis is calling for abolition of the death penalty and other penal reforms.

Speaking to representatives of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis said;

“All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty”.

The Coalition welcomes this latest confirmation from the Catholic Church that its teachings clearly call for abolition of the death penalty.

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