Donations to the Community of Sant'Egidio are tax deductible
under current regulations

Also this year it can target the 5x1000 to the Community of Sant'Egidio
Write the number 80191770587 in the tax return

Andrea Riccardi: on the web

Andrea Riccardi: on social networks

Andrea Riccardi: press review

change language
you are in: no death penalty - news contact usnewsletterlink

Support The Community

 
December 23 2009 | RUSSIA

Russia

Patriarch Kirill: even the most dangerous criminal does not deserve the death penalty and has got the right to redemption

 
printable version

Interfax

Priest’s murder should not offer reason to revive death penalty in Russia Patriarch Kirill says

Moscow, December 23, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia  believes that even the most dangerous criminals like the murderer of an  Orthodox priest, who was killed in the Moscow region on Tuesday evening,  do not deserve the death penalty, and they should be given a right to  repent their crimes while serving their prison sentences.

 Archpriest Alexander Filippov was shot dead in Podolsk, outside Moscow, on  December 22 after he reproached a group of drunken men who were behaving  inappropriately, Russian prosecutors' Investigative Committee said.

 Patriarch Kirill told about the tragedy at a meeting with Council of  Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ  the Savior on Wednesday.

 The priest's suspected murderer has already been detained.

 The head of the Russian Orthodox Church described Father Alexander as a
 "modest man."

 "He [Father Alexander] simply stopped a man who was doing something very  bad. That person pulled out a pistol and fired at the priest," he said.

 Patriarch Kirill said he had information that the detained man had a  lengthy criminal record.

 "Imprisonment probably worsened the state of such a person. Nevertheless,  our priests have been working in prisons very actively, because the  abolition of the death penalty allows them to work even with the most  dangerous criminals," he said.

 The Church protects each person's right to life and right to protect his  life from any dangerous interference, Patriarch Kirill said.

 "There should be no reasons that could force one person to terminate  someone else's life," he said.

 The Russian Orthodox Church applauds the Russian Constitutional Court's  recent decision to abolish the death penalty, he said.

 "The work of the Church is guided by traditions that do not rule out the  death penalty in principle. Holy Scripture does not contain any  condemnation of the death penalty, either. But in reality, the Church, at  least in Russia, has always asked the authorities to show mercy for people  sentenced to death," Patriarch Kirill said.

RELATED NEWS
November 2 2017
article by Andrea Riccardi

Death Penalty: Horror or Injustice


(Famiglia cristiana) translated in English
October 27 2017
UNITED STATES
From SOUTHERN CROSS - CATHOLIC PASTORAL CENTER

Three bishops reiterate their opposition to the death penalty following resolution of court case


Barbara D. King is the Director of Communications for the diocese of Savannah
October 27 2017
GUATEMALA

Guatemala high court abolishes death penalty in civil cases

October 18 2017

Back from Death Row: Working to End Capital Punishment

October 16 2017
UNITED STATES

U.N. Secretary-General, European Union Ambassador Call for Abolition of “Barbaric” Death Penalty

October 12 2017
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty: '' it's against the Gospel''


"because it is voluntarily decided to suppress a human life that is always holy in the eyes of the Creator"
all related news

ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 28 2016
AP

High court to examine mental disability, death penalty issue
November 12 2016
Internazionale

Si rafforza la pena di morte negli Stati Uniti
November 11 2016

Al liceo classico “Socrate” di Bari, conferenza “Non c’è giustizia senza vita”
October 24 2016
New York Times

The Death Penalty, Nearing Its End
June 4 2016
The Washington Post

Meet the red-state conservatives fighting to abolish the death penalty
all press-related

VIDEO PHOTOS
53
Video promo Cities for Life 2015
3:22

81 visits

239 visits

54 visits

63 visits

71 visits
all the related media