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English Bishop welcomes decrease in executions around the world

I am very encouraged that global use of the death penalty has decreased for another year. However, hundreds of people are still being executed by their governments and in some countries, the number has increased dramatically – Bishop Declan Lang.


Pope pleads on his birthday for an end to the death penalty

Capital punishment is “contrary to the Gospel as it implies suppressing a life that is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator, and of which only God is the true judge and guarantor”.


Death penalty is “inadmissible” says Pope

Paragraph 2267 of Catechism, revised by Pope Francis, says “Church works with determination for ... abolition [of death penalty] worldwide”.  


Holy See speaks out against death penalty

Justice is never reached by killing a human being.


A thousand prisoners celebrate Mass in St Peter’s

“Every time I go into a prison I ask myself, ‘Why them and not me?’”


Christians urged to work for abolition of death penalty

“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.


Indifference represents a menace to the human family

Pope Francis message marking 49th World Day of Peace, calls people to overcome indifference and win peace. "God is not indifferent" - neither should we be.


Gissendaner executed despite Pope Francis’s plea

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denies clemency to Kelly Gissendaner despite papal letter.


Pope Francis makes historic address to US Congress

"The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”


Vatican calls for abolition of death penalty at UN

"Irreversibility of this punishment does not allow for eventual corrections in the case of wrongful convictions."


Pope Francis calls for an end to death penalty

In a speech to members of the International Association of Criminal Law Pontiff highlights need to combat human trafficking and corruption.


US Doctors consider ethics of death penalty

If capital punishment is warranted, then it should be done without the involvement of medical professionals, argue doctors.

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