U.S.-based group is leading the pope’s charge to abolish the death penalty

In a video to promote his monthly prayer intention, Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayer and action to end capital punishment in nations across the world, including the United States, where more than 2,400 incarcerated men and women are held on death row.

Pope Francis asked mankind to pray “that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.” The video was produced by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in conjunction with Catholic Mobilizing Network, an organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to end capital punishment.

“Each day, there is a growing ‘no’ to the death penalty around the world. For the Church, this is a sign of hope,” Pope Francis said. “From a legal point of view, it is not necessary. Society can effectively repress crime without definitively depriving the offenders of the possibility of redeeming themselves.”

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