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>> The Roman Catholic Church is now in total opposition to capital punishment, a change that reverses centuries of Vatican doctrine. The announcement from the Vatican sites an address by Pope Francis, in it he says the death penalty is an attack on quote, the dignity of the person. Francesco Guarascio at the Reuters Rome Bureau.
>> This change has been formalized in the catechism of the church, so it will last forever. It's likely to attract some criticism in some countries where death penalty is legal, especially, for example, in the United States.>> The church previously allowed the practice under extreme circumstances only. But that begin to change in the late 1990s.
The Pope at the time, the late John Paul II, said it went against the sacredness of all human life.
> Francis has voiced similar views previously during his time in the papacy.