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By Bill Chappell
“The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said Sunday, urging that the death penalty be abolished.
Addressing a crowd of the faithful who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said, “All Christians and people of goodwill are called today to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, but also in order to improve prison conditions, in respect for human dignity of persons deprived of liberty.”
Speaking the day before an international convention for the abolition of the death penalty is set to begin in Rome, Francis appealed to the conscience of world leaders to work toward an international consensus to abolish capital punishment.
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