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A campaigner stands outside the federal courthouse in Boston. Below, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, centre, in a courtroom sketch (Photo: PA)

Massachusetts bishops say defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘will never again have the ability to cause harm’

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has issued a letter in which he describes capital punishment as ‘cruel, inhumane and degrading’

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Salman Taseer, governor of Pakistani Punjab Province, listens to Asia Bibi at a prison near Lahore in 2010 (PA)

Lawyer says blasphemy accusation against Ms Bibi was concocted by her enemies

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Vatican recently eliminated life imprisonment from its own penal code.

A man weeps outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich (PA)

Would it not be more just to execute perpetrators rather than incarcerate them?

The execution room in the US state of Oregon. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1984, two death row inmates have been killed by lethal injection (Photo: PA)