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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope Francis on the death penalty: It does not render justice, but instead fosters vengeance

2015-03-20

In a letter to the International Commission against the Death Penalty, the Pope says that today the death penalty is "inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed. It is an offence against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person.” He adds that it "does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.”

In the forceful text, Pope Francis explains that "for the rule of law, the death penalty represents a failure, as it obliges the state to kill in the name of justice.”

He continues that with "the application of the death penalty, the convict is denied the possibility to repent or make amends for the harm caused.”
 
He recalls that distress prior to execution is a form of torture that leads many people to madness. He also describes life imprisonment as a "covert death penalty.”

In the letter, the Pope calls for a worldwide moratorium on executions so that capital punishment can finally come to an end.


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