“Let us not forget that, up to the very last moment, a person can convert and change,” the pope said.
“And in the light of the Gospel, the death penalty is unacceptable. The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ refers to both the innocent and the guilty.”
More people were executed by the death penalty in 2021 than the year prior, with 579 executions recorded in 18 countries, according to Amnesty International.
The most known executions took place in China, followed by Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.
In the United States, 11 people were executed by lethal injection last year in the states of Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.