Loading
Philippines Congress votes to abolish death penalty, decision hailed by papal nuncio
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The papal nuncio in the Philippines, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, has applauded the government’s decision to abolish the death penalty, reported the Associated Press. The papal nuncio functions as the Pope’s representative in a given country.

Congress approved the bill last week, despite protests from relatives of crime victims. The bill will be sent to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be signed into law. Arroyo has previously backed efforts to abolish capital punishment. In April, she commuted several death sentences.  

Archbishop Filoni said Monday that the move reflects the government's respect for life.

"It is a sign of profound human sensitivity capable of judging the administration of justice according to criteria of healing rather than vindicating as well as of respect to those who have unfortunately violated the dignity of life itself," he reportedly said.

The 1987 Philippines Constitution abolished the death penalty laws that dictator Ferdinand Marcos had used to execute about a dozen people convicted of rape and drug charges. Congress restored the death penalty in 1993 for heinous crimes such as murder, child rape, and kidnapping. Seven people had been executed under the current death penalty law.

The decision would take about 1,200 convicts off of death row.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
Sep
19

Liturgical Calendar

September 19, 2014

Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 8:1-3

Gospel
Date
09/19/14
09/18/14
09/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 12-20
Gospel:: Lk 8: 1-3

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
09/19/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 8:1-3

Homily
Date
09/19/14
09/18/14
09/17/14