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Pope Francis Modifies Vatican Criminal Code, Citing ‘Changing Sensibilities’

View of St. Peter's Basilica inside Vatican City.

Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.
View of St. Peter’s Basilica inside Vatican City.

Several of the changes introduced by Pope Francis involve the treatment of the defendant in a criminal trial, including the possibility of a reduced sentence for good behavior and of not being handcuffed in court.

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