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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Iran: Two hanged for drug trafficking

Iran Human Rights, June 26: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Isfahan early this morning, reported the official Iranian media.

According to the Iranian state broadcasting, two prisoners were hanged in the central prison of Isfahan (central Iran) this morning.

The prisoners who were not identified by name were convicted of 3195 grams of crack and 1150 grams of heroin said the report.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 26, 2013

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