Pope Francis takes a dim view of the death penalty, but not all Catholics are convinced

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(RNS) Pope Francis last week (March 20) issued his most forceful call yet to abolish the death penalty, one that seemed to go even beyond current church teaching. Francis’ latest moves could signal a further development in Catholic teaching against capital punishment—and in his relationship with some U.S. Catholics.


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