Vatican City

The Holy See (the Vatican) advocates on behalf of all life, including the condemned. On this page,  you can Below is a list of recent papal statements relating to Catholic teaching on the death penalty. 

Papal General Audience: Penitential Rite and Restoration of Relationships

On Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 Pope Francis' General Audience highlighted the role of sin in violating our relationship with God and neighbor alike. "Sin breaks: it breaks the relationship with God and it breaks the relationship with brethren, the relationship in the family, in society and in the community: Sin always breaks, separates, divides." Restorative justice emphasizes the call repair relationships broken by harm and wrongdoing.

Key Quotes

A selection of three key quotes on 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 an unjust aggressor.”