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Pope Francis Calls For Abolishing the Death Penalty

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. KCADP supporters might want to be sure their State Senators and State Representatives are aware of this new statement from Pope Francis.

Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

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