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Global abolition of the death penalty

The golden rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty.

I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred. Every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty.

Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.

Source: Pope Francis' address to Congress during 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 24, 2015

Abolish the death penalty; it precludes rehabilitation

Francis touched on several hot-button policy issues during his speech to lawmakers; one of his sharpest messages came on the topic of the death penalty. He called for its "global abolition," arguing that any punishment should never preclude the chance for rehabilitation.

"I am convinced that this way is the best," Francis said. "Since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes."

Source: Politico.com coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 24, 2015

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