Archbishop Emeritus Fiorenza: We Need To Abolish the Death Penalty

January 20, 2016

The United States Should Abolish the Death Penalty, as Pope Francis Implores 

By Joseph A. Fiorenza | January 19, 2016

“In his recent address before Congress, Pope Francis gave his support and encouragement to the call to abolish the death penalty in the United States. In offering papal support to end capital punishment before the representatives of the American people, the pope raised the hope that America, a beacon of freedom and justice in the world, would join the Western industrialized nations by banning the death penalty from its criminal justice system. As a son and native of Latin America, he is dismayed that the United States is the exception in all the Americas to use capital punishment, which today is unnecessary to protect its citizens.”

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