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Pope to Catholic Leaders: Don't Allow Executions This Year

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." He added that there is "an ever more widespread opposition in public opinion to the death...

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