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Pope Francis: the death penalty is inadmissible

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Vatican City, (Vatican Information Service) -- This morning, March 20, the Holy Father received in audience a delegation from the International Commission against the Death Penalty.

Pope Francis gave a letter Federico Mayor, president of the Commission, to greet and offer his personal thanks to all the members of the aforementioned International Commission, the group of countries that lend their support, and all those who collaborate in its work.

Here are a few highlights from the Pope’s message:

Cardinal: Vatican diplomats have mission to save souls, build peace

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Over the centuries, the international community has developed criteria for determining whether a war is just and for regulating conduct in combat; now it needs clearer guidelines for "humanitarian intervention" and for post-conflict reconciliation, said the Vatican secretary of state.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis' top aide and chief coordinator of the Vatican diplomatic corps, also warned against indifference toward situations of conflict around the world.

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