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In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Pope Francis meets Argentine Lidia Guerrero in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Lidia Guerrero is hopeful Pope Francis will put across her son’s case when he visits the United States next month

Sister Helen Prejean (CNS)

Sister Helen Prejean has met with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev five times since March

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)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

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

Asia Bibi

Church to appeal Asia Bibi death penalty

Pakistani Christian sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge

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)
Archbishop Philip Wilson greets Pope Benedict during World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Adolf Eichmann is flanked by guards in the Jerusalem courtroom where he was tried for war crimes (AP Photo)

His crimes were of the gravest nature; his life was an affront to the families of those who died in the Holocaust