Facts: Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases “because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a major shift in Roman Catholic teaching on the issue.
He is, at least in principle, the spiritual leader of 1.2B Catholic people.
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Trend in context : This is in continuation to Pope Francis last years approach to make the church more tuned to modern values on freedom and rights of the individuals.
1. What is the real influence of the Pope on the Catholics?
2. Does it mean that the church was wrong before? Or that the church is a learning & adapting human organization? (the pope didn't say he got a new message from God for this policy change)