Pope Francis shakes hands with an inmate at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, PA Sept. 27, 2015 (CNS photo)
On August 1, 2018, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Francis, updated paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which deals with the teaching on capital punishment. This new formulation of the teaching categorically condemns the death penalty as “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and follows on a tradition of development in our understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ in the light of the Gospel.
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