VATICAN CITY (RNS) — When Pope Francis visited the United States two years ago, he spoke out against the death penalty in speeches to Congress and the United Nations.

This week he went a step further, calling for a revision of official church teaching that would make capital punishment “inadmissible.” It was a historic shift given that the death penalty has, until now, been allowed by the church in certain circumstances. 

The death penalty, Francis explained during an important speech in the Vatican on Wednesday (Oct. 11), is “contrary to the Gospel, because it entails the willful suppression of a human life

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