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Pope Francis calls for end to the death penalty

Speaking to a crowd at St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis called for a global ban on the death penalty, Reuters reports.

"The commandment 'You shall not kill' has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty," he said.

Under Pope John Paul, the Catholic Church started becoming less supportive of the death penalty. On Sunday, Francis also called for better conditions in prisons.