Pope Francis, known for his great compassion for the prisoners and for his oft visits to notorious prisons, yesterday said that people of good will must work not only for the abolition of the death penalty but also to improve the conditions in prison.
The Pope appealed the government leaders to join “the international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty.” He requested Catholic leaders to abstain from executions during the Year of Mercy.
The Holy Father then put forward the reason why death penalty is wrong. “The commandment ‘Thou shall not kill’ has absolute value and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” the Pope said. “Even criminals maintain the inviolable right to life, the gift of God” he stated.