The holy Father, Pope Francis following his sunday angelus pleaded with the entire to rise-up against taking another person’s life via death sentence of any kind. He did not just pleaded for the abolition of death sentence, he as well pleaded that the conditions of prisons systems should be modified as to serve it’s true purpose on the lives of the prisoners.
There will be an international convention for the abolition of death penalty set to take place in Rome on Monday. The convention, promoted by the Sant’Egidio Community, has for its title “For a world without the death penalty.” and Pope Francis calls on world leaders, especially the governments of the nations of the universe to join the “international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty”. And equally spoke to Catholic leaders, asking them, as a “courageous and exemplary act,” to not carry out any death sentences during the Holy Year of Mercy.
“I hope,” the Pope said, “that this symposium can give a renewed impulse to efforts for the abolition of capital punishment.” He said growing opposition to the death penalty, even as an instrument of legitimate social defence, was a sign of hope. Modern society, he continued has the means of fighting crime without definitively taking from criminals the possibility of redemption. He placed the question of capital punishment within the context of a system of justice that continues to conform more closely “to the dignity of man and the design of God for and for society.” “The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’,” Pope Francis said, “has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” and even criminals “maintain the inviolable right to life, the gift of God.”