Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Pope Francis has lamented intensified attacks in southern Syria, asking that people be spared more suffering. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Pope Francis has declared the death penalty “inadmissible” in an update of the most important guide to Catholic teaching, the Vatican announced on Thursday.

“The Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person’,” the Holy See said in a statement.

The change to the catechism, a question and answer guide to what Catholics should think about a wide range of moral and social issues, also says that the Church will “work with determination” for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.

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