Pope Francis Opposes Capital Punishment; Calls Life Sentences for Violent Criminals “A Hidden Death Penalty”

Speaking October 23 to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis called life sentences "a hidden form of capital punishment."   The Pope expressed his hope that believers will oppose life-long incarceration, just as they oppose capital punishment. He said:“All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty—whether it is legal or illegal, and in all its forms—but also to improve the … [Read more...]


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