The Roman Catholic Church on Thursday formally changed its teaching to declare the death penalty inadmissible in all circumstances.
The Vatican said it had changed its universal catechism to reflect Pope Francis' total opposition to the death penalty. Previously the catechism, a summary of Church teaching, had allowed the death penalty in rare cases.
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photo: Pope Francis at a general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday 1 August 2018 (picture courtesy of Vatican Radio)
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"