Pope Francis calls for the abolition of Life sentence


Pope Francis has called for abolition of life
imprisonment that offers revenge for victims
instead of pursuing true justice.He told
representatives from the International Association
of Penal Law:

‘It is impossible to imagine that states today
cannot make use of another means than capital
punishment to defend peoples’ lives from an
unjust aggressor.Media and politicians
advocated ‘violence and revenge, public and
private, not only against those responsible for
crimes, but also against those under suspicion,
justified or not’ Catholic teaching does not
proscribe capital punishment.’All Christians and
men of good faith are therefore called upon
today to fight, not only for the abolition of the
death penalty – whether it is legal or illegal and
in all its forms… and this, for me, is linked to
life sentences. A sentence of life (without
parole) is a hidden death penalty.’

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