The Pope has called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.
The Pontiff said the commandment “You shall not kill” was just as valid for the guilty as for the innocent.
Using some of his strongest words ever against capital punishment , Pope Francis also called on Catholic politicians worldwide to make “a courageous and exemplary gesture” by seeking a moratorium on executions during the Church’s current Holy Year, which ends in November.
In front of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square he said: “I appeal to the consciences of those who govern to reach an international consensus to abolish the death penalty,”
“The commandment “You shall not kill,” has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty.”