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Pope urged to abolish the death penalty worldwide

Pope Francis I called on Sunday to abolish the death penalty worldwide, saying that the commandment «thou shalt Not kill» has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty, reports Reuters.

«I appeal to the conscience of rulers and insist on reaching an international consensus on the abolition of the death penalty,» said the Pontiff.

Turning to politicians-Catholics, Pope Francis encouraged them to take «bold steps» to achieve the moratorium on execution of death sentence during this Jubilee year (year of grace Catholics), which ends in November.

Pope Francis in his address explained that in the modern world there are tools to «effectively combat crime that would not deprive the offender of the possibility of rehabilitation».




Pope urged to abolish the death penalty worldwide 21.02.2016

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