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He said: “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples’ lives from an unjust aggressor. All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty. And this, I connect with life imprisonment.”
Noting that the Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code, Francis said: “Life imprisonment is a hidden death penalty.”
The declaration received a mixed response from prominent Catholics.
But on both the death penalty and life imprisonment former Conservative Minister for Prisons Ann Widdecombe said: “I profoundly disagree with the Holy Father. If either or both of these can be shown to save an innocent life then surely it is the duty of all Christians to save innocent life.”
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrews- bury said: “I think everyone can welcome the Holy Father’s call to work for the abolition of the death penalty wherever states have other means to defend human lives from an ‘unjust aggressor’. Pope Fran- cis is repeating the traditional teaching found in the Catechism
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Pope Francis says life sentences are turning into a ‘hidden death penalty’ BY DAVID V BARRETT and significantly increase the POPE FRANCIS has spoken out against life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, calling it a “hidden death penalty” in an outspoken speech on crime. chance of suicide”. He also rebuked unspecified At a meeting of representatives of the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope called for the abolition of the death penalty and life sentences, denouncing “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, cited by Pope Francis in his talk, “the traditional
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Peter Stanford, the director of the Longford Trust which promotes prison reform, said he completely agreed with Pope Fran- cis. Pope Francis told members of the International Association of Penal Law that ‘all Christians and people of good will’ must seek the end of the death penalty The Pope said some politicians and members of the media promote “violence and revenge, public and private, not only against those responsible for crimes, but also against those under suspicion, justified or not”. “The most important thing is that being deprived of liberty is the punishment. Lord Longford said that the moment we say that any individual is beyond redemp- tion we are giving up on both them and ourselves, our own human- ity,” he said. and in Evangelium Vitae in the light of the conditions which prevail in the world today. St John Paul II had certainly concluded by the end of the 20th century cases where the death penalty could ever be justified had become very rare, if not practically non- existent.”
teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” but modern advances in protecting society from danger- ous criminals mean that “cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically non-existent”.
The Pope said that, although a number of countries have formally abolished capital punishment, “the death penalty, illegally and to a varying extent, is applied all over the planet,” because “extrajudi- cial executions” are often disguised as “clashes with offend- ers or presented as the undesired consequences of the reasonable, necessary and proportionate use of force to apply the law”.
Catholic Herald will become a weekly magazine from December
BY STAFF REPORTER But there will be greater emphasis on news analysis, rather than breaking news, which will now appear on the Catholic Herald’s website, which will be relaunched next month. The experience, he says, confirmed that the Catholic Herald was no longer a vehicle for breaking news, but showed there was a need for a publi- cation that explained what was really happening in the Catholic Church.
The first issue of the maga- zine will be dated December 5 and will contain the same mixture of features, comment pieces, reviews and spiritual reading as the newspaper.
THE CATHOLIC HERALD is changing from a broadsheet newspaper into a magazine. The move, which is one of the biggest in the publica- tion’s 126-year history, will take place at the beginning of December. In an article in this week’s paper, editor Luke Coppen explains that the change was prompted by the election of Pope Francis, which the newspaper was only able to report eight days later because it occurred shortly after the paper’s deadline.
He writes: “Our new format will take nothing away from the Catholic Herald, but will, we hope, provide added value and intellectual stimulation. You can look forward to more magazine-length features and opinion pieces that reflect the richness, colour and variety of Catholic culture at home and abroad. Some very fine writers have agreed to join us as contributors. We are thrilled by the final designs for the magazine and are confident that you will be, too.”
We will be keeping readers fully up to date on the transition with weekly articles throughout November.
Existing subscribers will not be affected by the change.
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governments involved in kidnap- ping people for “illegal trans- portation to detention centres in which torture is practised”.
Pope Francis was also highly critical of any form of people-traf- ficking. “Slavery, including the trafficking of persons, is recog- nised as a crime against humanity and as a war crime, both by inter- national law as well as by many national legislations, he said. It is an offence against humanity.” In some cases, he argued, “one who is appointed to protect persons and to guarantee their liberty instead renders himself an accomplice of those who practise trade in human beings”; then “states are responsi- ble before their citizens and before the international community”.
The Pope said criminal penalties should not apply to children, and should be waived or limited for the elderly, who “on the basis of their very errors can offer lessons to the rest of society. We don’t learn only from the virtues of saints but also from the failings and errors of sinners.”
He also said contemporary soci- eties overuse criminal punishment, partially out of a primitive tendency to offer up “sacrificial victims, accused of the disgraces that strike the community”.
The Pope denounced the deten- tion of prisoners without trial, which he said accounted for more than half of all incarcerated people in some countries. He said maxi- mum security prisons could be a form of torture, since their “prin- cipal characteristic is none other than external isolation”, which can lead to “psychic and physical sufferings such as paranoia, anxi- ety, depression and weight loss
He denounced a growing tendency to think that the “most varied social problems can be resolved through public punish- ment ... that by means of that punishment we can obtain benefits that would require the implemen- tation of another type of social policy, economic policy and policy of social inclusion.”
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THE SWISS GUARD, the Pope’s personal bodyguards, have produced their own cookbook.
A VIDEO of two tap-dancing deacons has proved an inter- net hit with more than 700,000 views.
A favourite of St John Paul II was pierogi, a Polish dumpling made from unleav- ened dough, stuffed with potato, sauerkraut, meat, cheese or fruit.
BY DAVID V BARRETT dishes including spicy empanadas, grilled sirloin steak, known as colita de cuadril and dulce de leche, an Argentinian dessert. BY DAVID V BARRETT came on stage with a fast- footed Irish dance. The two then seemed to battle it out, taking turns to be the star turn. Compiled by David Geisser, a 24-year-old soldier from Zurich who originally trained as a professional chef, the book includes recipes from the last three popes’ home nations of Argentina, Germany and Poland. Delicacies include several of Francis’s favourite
“After he was shot in St Peter’s Square in 1981,” said Sgt Erwin Niederberger, who helped to write the book, “he ate pierogi while he was recu- perating in hospital – it made him feel at home and gave him a bit of comfort.”
The book is published in German, with an Italian edition to follow.
David Rider, 29, from New York, and John Gibson, 28, from Milwaukee, were filmed tap- dancing in April during a fundraiser at the North American College in Rome.
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