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Pope's decision to make death penalty 'inadmissible' may face opposition from conservative Roman Catholics

ROME - A new ruling by Pope Francis published Thursday saying that the death penalty is "inadmissible" in all circumstances, and that the church must try to abolish it, may generate opposition by conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. and other countries.

The Vatican announced Francis had updated the catechism of the Catholic Church - which represents official Catholic teaching - to exclude the death penalty, a move that reflects Francis' focus on mercy. Before the pope's update, the church accepted capital punishment under some circumstances, a position supported by many of its more than 1 billion members

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