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)
"The sides expressed concerns over the difficult situation existing between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Moscow Patriarchate", according to a report carried by the website of the Georgian Patriarchate