Vatican Statements

Pope Francis Message to 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, June 22 2016

Pope Francis Message to 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, June 22 2016

“There is no fitting punishment without hope! Punishment for its own sake, without room for hope, is a form of torture, not of punishment.” In a video message to the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Pope Francis spoke... MORE

Pope Francis Insists that "Greater Politics" is the Realm of the Church, June 3, 2016

Pope Francis Insists that “Greater Politics” is the Realm of the Church, June 3, 2016

On June 3, 2016 Pope Francis addressed the judges and magistrates of the Vatican, insisting that the Church has a duty to intervene in political issues that cause “open wounds and dramatic suffering.” Citing the current model of the criminal... MORE

Pope Francis Statements

Pope Francis Statements

Pope Francis Statements on The Death Penalty and the Dignity of the Prisoner   Introduction  Words of Pope Francis taken from the interview given to Father Antonio Spadaro, Director of Civiltà Cattolica, 21 September 2013. Human Self-Understanding “… Let us... MORE

Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus Prayer, February 21, 2016

Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus Prayer, February 21, 2016

On Sunday February 21, 2016 Pope Francis shared the following powerful words: “Dear Brothers and Sisters, The international conference “For a world without the death penalty,” promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio will take place in Rome tomorrow. I hope... MORE

A Call for Peace We Can All Heed

A Call for Peace We Can All Heed

In celebration of the XLIX World Day of Peace, Pope Francis issued a special message in which he urged us “to make compassion, love, mercy and solidarity a true way of life” and reaffirmed his call for the end of... MORE

In World Day of Peace Message, Pope Francis Reaffirms Call to End the Death Penalty

In World Day of Peace Message, Pope Francis Reaffirms Call to End the Death Penalty

“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... MORE

Pope Francis calls for Abolishment of the Death Penalty in Address to Congress

Pope Francis calls for Abolishment of the Death Penalty in Address to Congress

“The Golden Rule also 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... MORE

The Vatican Speaks

The Vatican Speaks

Pope Francis “Today capital punishment is unacceptable, however serious the condemned’s crime may have been. It is an offence to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person which contradicts God’s plan for man and for... MORE

Pope Francis says no crime deserves the death penalty

Pope Francis says no crime deserves the death penalty

March 20, 2015 In a letter to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, Pope Francis repeated his call for all good Christians to work to end the use of the death penalty and made it clear that... MORE

The Pope Speaks Out

The Pope Speaks Out

October 23, 2014 The Pope released a strong mandate this morning against the use of the death penalty: “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples’ lives from... MORE