Pope Francis blasts death penalty

Pontiff speaks out against capital punishment on birthday

(ANSA) - Vatican City, December 17 - Pope Francis spoke out against the death penalty on Monday, which is his 82nd birthday.
    Speaking to a delegation of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, he said capital punishment was "contrary to the Gospel as it implies suppressing a life that is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator, and of which only God is the true judge and guarantor".
   

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