Pope Francis to Catholic leaders: Don’t allow executions this year

February 21, 2016 3:08 PM

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Francis is using the church's Holy Year, which runs through Nov. 20, to encourage efforts for more reconciliation and mercy in the world.

The pope is building on church teaching, laid out by St. John Paul II, that there's no justification for capital punishment.

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