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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

Daniel IbáñezArchbishop Filippo Iannone, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, speaks during a Vatican press conference June 1, 2021.

The revisions, published June 1, were first commissioned by Benedict XVI with the aim of making the code’s penal sanctions more effective and applied evenly across the Church.