2.21
Christians Called to Abolish Death Penalty

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Pope Francis

“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty.”

Catholic Christians believe in a consistent ethic of life from conception to natural death. Pope Francis has called on all Christians to work to abolish capital punishment: Pope: Christians Called to Abolish Death Penalty

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12.16
In Peace Day Message Pope Addresses Death Penalty, Debt, Migrants

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Pope Francis dove

In his World Day of Peace message Pope Francis spoke about migrants, debt relief for developing countries, ending the death penalty, preventing war, and the right to life. Read it from Catholic News Service here: In Peace Day Message Pope Addresses Death Penalty, Debt, Migrants

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5.15
Misc: Boston Bombings: Cardinal O’Malley warns of ‘culture of death’

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Cardinal O'Malley

“Obviously as a Catholic I oppose the death penalty.”

The Boston Marathon bomber has been sentenced to death. In this LA Times article, written shortly after the bombing, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, opposed the death penalty, and invited Catholics to help “build a civilization of love.”  Read it here: Boston Bombings: Cardinal O’Malley warns of ‘culture of death.’

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