VATICAN Pope for the abolition of the death penalty, against life in prison, a "concealed death penalty"

October 23, 2014 5:21 PM

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Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "Every Christian and all people of of goodwill are called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether it is legal or illegal and whatever form it takes," but they must also stand against "life in prison, which is a concealed form of death sentence". Above all, "Respect for the dignity of the human person comes before all other purposes," Pope Francis told a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law.

In his address, the pontiff talked about justice in the light of the Church's "mission of evangelisation, human progress, and service to justice and peace". He began with two sociological considerations.

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