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Pope renews support for abolition of death penalty

February 27, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: In a video message to the World Congress against the Death Penalty, Pope Francis offered his support for the campaign, arguing that convicted criminals should be given an opportunity to repent and reform.

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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - Mar. 02, 2019 12:35 PM ET USA

    The urgency for repentance precisely what is denied by denying capital punishment. But who would expect wisdom from Francis, especially when he is looking to deflect global attention from his moral farce of a summit by taking refuge in what he thinks resonates positively with the world press.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 28, 2019 6:42 PM ET USA

    It would be immoral for convicted criminals not to be given an opportunity to repent and reform. If Pope Francis is speaking to nations where this is not the case, then well and good. However, St. JPII had it right when he said in Evangelium Vitae that capital punishment should be _rare_. There are cases where a convict will murder in or from prison. All that is necessary is an opportunity or a cell phone. Application of capital punishment to these repeat offenders is an act of self defense.