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    Pope Francis Codifies Opposition to Death Penalty

    Thou shalt not kill. Applying that commandment to condemned criminals has divided a Roman Catholic Church that historically has done its share of executions. But the Vatican announced today that, at Pope Francis’ direction, it had added language to the Catechism, which spells out Catholic beliefs, declaring capital punishment as an “attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” Francis has said that execution “fosters vengeance” rather than provides justice, and “society can only benefit” from criminals’ rehabilitation. The new language also commits the 1.2-billion member church to work toward abolishing executions worldwide.

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