“With regard to prisoners, it would appear that in many cases practical measures are urgently needed to improve their living conditions, with particular concern for those detained while awaiting trial. It must be kept in mind that penal sanctions have the aim of rehabilitation, while national laws should consider the possibility of other establishing penalties than incarceration. In this context, I would like once more to appeal to governmental authorities to abolish the death penalty where it is still in force, and to consider the possibility of an amnesty.”
-Pope Francis, Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for The Celebration of The XLIX World Day Of Peace
Pope Francis has once more repeated his call to abolish the death penalty. You can read the full text of his message here.