FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
The Pope’s prayer intention for the month of September
(Vatican City, August 24, 2022) – The ninth Pope Video for 2022 is going to be published with a new prayer intention that Pope Francis is entrusting to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. The Holy Father invites us to pray “that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.”
“Capital punishment offers no justice to victims, but rather encourages revenge,” the Pope warns in the video produced in collaboration with the Catholic Mobilizing Network, a U.S. based Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice through education, advocacy, and prayer. Francis expresses his happiness that rejection of the death penalty is increasing around the world, something which he has said is a sign of hope for the Church.
In his prayer intention for September, he lays out the motives for this rejection. In addition to other legal and moral arguments, the Holy Father points out that “in the light of the Gospel, the death penalty is inadmissible,” and that “up to the very last moment, a person can convert and change.” Consequently, he asks men and women of good will to mobilize against capital punishment.