Death penalty inhumane and unacceptable pope says

VATICAN CITY (Agencies): Pope Francis called capital punishment “cruel, inhumane and degrading” and said it “does not bring justice to the victims, but only foments revenge.” Meeting with a three-person delegation of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty on March 20, the pope also issued a letter urging its worldwide abolition.

The pope said, “Human justice is imperfect” and the death penalty loses all legitimacy within penal systems where judicial error is possible. 

He noted that public opinion is increasingly against the death penalty, in view of the effective means available today to restrain a criminal without...