Pope to Catholic Leaders: Do Not Allow Executions this Year
Pope Francis waves to faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Sunday that he is proposing Catholic leaders should “make a courageous and exemplary gesture” and ensure that no convicted inmate is executed during the church’s Holy Year of Mercy, which runs through Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholic leaders to show “exemplary” courage by not allowing executions this year, while expressing hope that eventually the death penalty will be abolished worldwide.
Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that “the commandment ‘do not kill’ holds absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty.”