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Capital punishment is an ‘inhuman measure’ says Pope Francis

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

Pope Francis has implored the church to take a stronger stance against capital punishment. Describing capital punishment as an ‘inhuman measure’ that ‘heavily wounds human dignity’, he said that previous church teaching is in need of development.

Addressing members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Pope called for the topic to be given ‘a more adequate and coherent space’ within the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has called for stronger opposition to capital punishment from the Catholic Church.Reuters

He went on to remark that capital punishment is fundamentally contrary to the gospel, arguing that all human life is sacred before God who is the only ‘true judge and guarantor’.

He said that in addition to ending a life, capital punishment also eliminates an individual’s opportunity for repentance and the potential of a new, holy life.

The church’s current stance on capital punishment, he said, reflects

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