Pope Francis is changing the Vatican’s stance on the death penalty, with the Roman Catholic Church declaring inadmissible in all cases.
The Catechism teaching on capital punishment was changed on Thursday and now says the practice is “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”.
The Vatican is working to have the death penalty abolished worldwide, reflecting the pope’s total opposition to it, it announced in a statement.
Previously, the catechism, a summary of Church teaching, had allowed the death penalty in rare cases.
Capital punishment is still used in more than 50 countries including the US, Japan, China and India, although some nations are far more active than others.
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