Pope calls for worldwide ban on death penalty

February 21, 2016 11:58 AM

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Pope Francis on Sunday called for a worldwide ban on the death penalty, saying the commandment "You shall not kill" was just as valid for the guilty as for the innocent.

Speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, the pope also called on Catholic politicians worldwide to work for a moratorium on any executions during the Church's current Holy Year, which ends in November. "I appeal to the consciences of those who govern to reach an international c...

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