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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…

Mary Jane Veloso's fate up to Indonesia

Mary Jane Veloso
Malacanang has said that the fate of convicted Filipino drug mule Mary Jane Veloso is in the hands of the Indonesian government following her request to President Duterte to let her testify against her recruiters on her 33rd birth anniversary last Jan. 10.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, in a Palace press briefing, said the President's hands are tied since she is detained in a foreign country.

"I don't understand what exactly the President can do in this regard. She is detained in foreign soil because of breach Indonesian penal laws," Roque said.

"She continues to be alive despite being meted the death penalty. But there is such a thing as 'sovereignty,' and the matter is completely in the hands of the Indonesian government," he added.

Roque said that the Indonesian government has been showing clemency since her death was put off.

"I think the Indonesia government, by not carrying out the punishment of death penalty, has shown clemency on a daily basis," he said.

Veloso is on death row and was supposed to be executed by firing squad after smuggling 2.6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia in 2010. She denied having knowledge about the contraband.

Source: tempo.com.ph, January 11, 2018


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