Once again, Pope Francis has spoken out against the death penalty, saying that the Church’s view on the issue has “matured,” that every life must be guarded without exception and that capital punishment is a “serious violation of the right to life” belonging to every person.
“While it is true that human societies and communities have to often face very serious crimes that threaten the common good and the safety of people, it is not less true that today there are other means to atone for the damage caused,” Francis said on Wednesday in a video message sent to the VII Global Congress Against the Death Penalty, taking place in Brussels. The systems of detention, the pope noted, are becoming more effective in protecting society for the harm that some people might cause. “On the other hand, you can never abandon the conviction of offering even to criminals the possibility of repentance,” Francis said.
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