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October 2 2015 | UNITED STATES

Every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity

Alfredo Prieto was executed in Virginia Thursday night. Every life is sacred

It was the first execution in Virginia since January 2013 and the first by lethal injection since August 2011

 
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the Pope's speech to the US Congress

"This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation".
 

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