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Pope Urges Holy Year Amnesty for Prisoners

Pope Francis is urging governments to consider granting a Holy Year amnesty to prisoners, find alternatives to incarceration and at the very least abolish the death penalty, in his annual peace message released Tuesday.   Overall, Francis' message urged policy-makers as well as individuals to overcome what he has called the “globalization of indifference” to the plight of the most vulnerable: the poor, the sick, migrants, prisoners and the elderly.   “On the institutional...

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