Pope Francis has for several years been advocating for an end to the death penalty, claiming that it is immoral. Of course such opinions are in direct contradiction to the 2000+ years of Church Tradition. I have long suspected that he has gone after that precisely because many good Catholics are ambivalent about usage of the death penalty today. Perhaps he thinks that he can tinker with it to the point of heresy since he is not too likely to receive strenuous blow-back from such heretical attempts. Therefore, if he weakens and compromises Church doctrine regarding that topic, he will have set a precedent for mutating other Church doctrine.
Earlier today, the pope addressed a delegation from the International Commission Against The Death Penalty. During that address, he dared to state that his predecessors "ignored the primacy of mercy over justice". Of course he set up one of his infamous false dichotomies between "mercy" and "justice", as though justice is not an attribute of God's.
We must continue prayers for this pope. While doing so, we must also study the Faith on our own, for many simply don't have access to faithful teachers of Church tradition.