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Pope condemns Bush over death penalty
AFP, July 23, 2001
Pope John Paul II has condemned US President George W. Bush today for his support for the death penalty.
"A free and virtuous society, which America aspires to be, must reject practices that devalue and violate human life at any stage from conception until natural death," the Pontiff told the president, who was visiting Rome.
The United States was the fifth-largest user of capital punishment in 2000, carrying out 85 executions, the non-profit group Hands off Cain [English version]- a Rome-based league of citizens and MPs for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide - said in late June.
The publisher of Apologetics Index is a member of Amnesty Internation, and opposes the death penalty under all circumstances.
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