Pope Francis calls death penalty ‘unacceptable,’ urges abolition

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March 20, 2015

Writings of suspected Boston Marathon bomber inside boat hull

A photo provided March 5 by the The United States District Attorney’s office shows writings on the inside of the boat where suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid during the manhunt for him. Tsarnaev, 21, faces the death penalty if convicted of carrying out the dual bombings. (CNS photo/United States District Attorney’s office, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis came out squarely against the death penalty once again, calling it “unacceptable” regardless of the seriousness of the crime of the condemned.

Pope Francis met with a three-person delegation of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty March 20, and issued a letter on the occasion urging worldwide abolition.

Citing his previous messages against the death penalty, the pope called capital punishment “cruel, inhumane and degrading” and said it “does not bring justice to the victims, but only foments revenge.”

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