His action was preceded in the past by interventions of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II. I early expressed positions, Pope Francis appreciated that death penalty is “inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed.” In fact, it does not render justice to the victims.” There is no humane way of killing another person”, The Pontiff said. In 2014, 2,466 people were sentenced to death globally, according to Amnesty International – up more than a quarter on the previous year. 101 countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes. “Caution in the application of punishment must be the principle that governs penal systems”, the Pope recommended.