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Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism's discussion of the death penalty, already formally amended by St. John Paul II, needs to be even more explicitly against capital punishment.

Capital punishment, he said, "heavily wounds human dignity" and is an "inhuman measure."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Nothing is in vain, nothing is resistant to love

Pope Francis gestured as he left his general audience Oct. 11 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Continuing his series of audience talks on Christian hope, the pope reflected on a reading from the Gospel of St. Luke, in which the disciples are asked to be like faithful and vigilant servants.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are never pessimistic, resigned or weak, thinking life is an unstoppable train careening out of control, Pope Francis said.

Pope’s communications day theme: Truth in age of ‘fake news’

Pope Francis gestured as he talked Oct. 1 on a pastoral visit in Cesena, Italy. In his message for World Communications Day in May 2018, the pope will highlight the importance of truth.

VATICAN CITY — Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by "fake news," Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World Communications Day.

The message will call for studying the causes and consequences of baseless information and will promote "professional journalism," which always seeks the truth and therefore peace and understanding in the world, the Vatican Secretariat for Communication said, announcing the theme.

POPE’S MESSAGE | True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Pope Francis greeted a member of the Little Sisters of Jesus Oct. 2 at an audience with representatives of the congregation at the Vatican. The congregation ministers to circus and carnival workers and communities of poor people.

VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus' death and resurrection, not just with one's words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through "their way of welcoming, smiling and loving" instead of just "repeating memorized lines," the pope said Oct. 4 at his weekly general audience.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Share hope with those seeking better lives

Pope Francis greeted immigrants and representatives of Caritas Internationalis at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 27. Caritas Internationalis was kicking off its “Share the Journey” campaign in support of immigrants.

VATICAN CITY — The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis said.

"Those who come to our land and we who go toward their heart to understand them, to understand their culture and language" embark on a shared journey that "without hope cannot be done," the pope said Sept. 27 at his weekly general audience. "Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be afraid to share hope."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pope Francis gives point-by-point guide on how to have hope

Pope Francis kissed a baby at his general audience Sept. 20 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his catechesis talk, the pope gave some tips, especially to young people, on how to have hope.

VATICAN CITY — Young people should love, believe and follow their dreams, never despairing because Jesus is always with them, Pope Francis said.

When life hits hard, they should try to get up again, letting others help them, and if they are bored, they should concentrate on doing good things for others, the pope said Sept. 20 during his weekly general audience.

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