I welcome this revision of Pope Francis to the Catechism, which confirms in a formal way what I, together with many of my brother bishops, have already preached, advocated and taught against the death penalty.
The pope's decision will be reflected in the Universal Catechism - which, until now, allowed capital punishment in extreme cases.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, says Pope Francis' change to the Catechism regarding the death penalty is true progress in continuity with previous Church teaching.
The new teaching says that the earlier policy was outdated and that the church should work to end the death penalty.
"I am overjoyed and deeply grateful to learn that Pope Francis closed the last remaining loophole in Catholic social teaching on the death penalty", said Sister Helen Prejean, a Sister of St. Joseph of Medaille, who is a longtime opponent of capital punishment.
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It now said there was more awareness around the world that the dignity of the person was not lost even after "the commission of very serious crimes". In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. As the revised Catechism states, "more effective systems of detention...which ensure the due protection of citizens" exist, ones that also maintain the human dignity of all.
The elder Cuomo vetoed legislation reinstating the death penalty 12 times in 12 years.
The human rights group, Amnesty International, has long campaigned against the death penalty.
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In the United States, where 22% of the population are Catholic, execution is still legal in 31 states.
"Modern society has the ability to punish crimes effectively without definitively taking away the possibility of redemption for those who commit them", he said. The move could also reshape discussion about the issue in the United States, where some Catholic politicians - such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whose state carries out the highest number of executions - have supported the death penalty. This was the justification for the capital punishment by Catholics in many cases.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday that the Philippines government "would still try gentle persuasion" but it was up to the senators to approve the law seeking to restore capital punishment in the Philippines after it was outlawed in 2006.
"His predecessors have been slowly moving towards the position taken today by Francis. aEvery pope since St. John XXIII has appealed to governments worldwide on behalf of persons condemned to death, asking for clemency".
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