Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 12:25 PM ET

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National Audio 12:25 PM ET

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NAT065 - (REL-Vatican-Death-Penalty) VATICAN CITY. x-21s. The Vatican says Pope Francis' decision to change church teaching to make clear there is never any justification for the death penalty is a message for all Catholics and for the world. Spokesman Greg Burke says the new decree questions the status of dignity. ("..hope for redemption.") (SOURCE:The Associated Press)

TAG: Burke says popes going back to St. John Paul the Second have called for the abolition of capital punishment. But until now, the official church teaching allowed for it in limited cases.

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NAT066 - (REL-Vatican-Death-Penalty) VATICAN CITY. x-11s. The Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis' decision to change church teaching to make clear there is never any justification for the death penalty is a message for all Catholics and for the world. …

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