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Pope repeats Church opposition to death penalty

June 20, 2013

Pope Francis has reiterated Vatican opposition to capital punishment, in a message of support to the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

In a message to the meeting, being held in Madrid, the Pope said that the Church’s position on the death penalty is “a courageous reaffirmation of the conviction that humanity can successfully confront criminality” without taking human life. He recommended that “capital sentences be commuted to a lesser punishment that allows for time and incentives for the reform of the offender.”


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jun. 20, 2013 6:39 PM ET USA

    The Vatican is not against the death penalty in all circumstances. I do not argue about the present circumstances. However in war time with the disintegration of society, the death penalty is allowed. It must be remarked that society is steadily moving toward disintegration.