Christian beliefs lead to opposition to death penalty, patriarch says

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is pictured in a file photo praying before a reliquary containing bone shards believed to belong to St. Peter the Apostle in Istanbul. While in Rome for a prayer meeting for peace with Pope Francis, the Orthodox patriarch spoke to Vatican News Oct. 20 about his reading of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship.” CNS photo/courtesy Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

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