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Don't bring back the death penalty, New Mexico bishops plead

Aug 23, 2016 - 06:34 am .- The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying that respect for human life must be consistent.

Will Texas execute two innocent men?

Aug 10, 2016 - 05:23 pm .- In Texas, two scheduled executions could kill innocent men, Catholic and other Christian leaders have warned.

California bishops urge voters to reject the death penalty this fall

Jul 16, 2016 - 02:09 pm .- On Thursday, the bishops of California announced their support of a state ballot measure that would end the use of capital punishment in the state, replacing it with life in prison without possibility of parole.

Death penalty under fire as Supreme Court takes disabled man case

Jun 8, 2016 - 03:42 pm .- The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review the death sentence of a man whom lawyers claim is intellectually disabled, in a case that could decide how states administer the death penalty.

Against death penalty, Pfizer bans drug sales for lethal injections

May 16, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- The drug company Pfizer has announced it will no longer sell drugs for use in lethal injections because it objects to their use in executions.

Pope Francis against the death penalty: criminals too have the right to life

Feb 21, 2016 - 03:39 pm .- Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Ahead of Florida execution, bishops renew calls against death penalty

Oct 27, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- Stressing that capital punishment is not necessary in the modern-day U.S., Florida’s Catholic bishops have asked the state governor to commute the death sentence of inmate Jerry Correll, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday.

Major evangelical group recognizes growing opposition to death penalty

Oct 21, 2015 - 03:05 am .- The National Association of Evangelicals has issued an expanded statement on the death penalty that for the first time recognizes Christian opposition to state execution of criminals.

Pope appeals for life of Georgia death row inmate, but parole board rejects

Sep 29, 2015 - 02:34 pm .- The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to commute the death sentence of a local woman scheduled to be executed tonight, despite a plea from Pope Francis to do so.

Mercy, Justice, and the Gospel of Life: US bishops on ending the death penalty

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Two leading U.S. bishops have renewed the call to choose life over the death penalty because, they say, heinous criminals deserve both justice and mercy – their lives too are from God.

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

Jun 29, 2015 - 08:32 am .- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions.  

Boston bomber gets the death penalty – how should Catholics respond?

May 19, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We're having the wrong debate

May 9, 2015 - 04:52 pm .- As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society.

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

May 4, 2015 - 10:07 am .- The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last week.

Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Apr 20, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168 people, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said he hopes people find mercy as well as justice in response to unspeakable acts of violence.  

Bishops appeal against death penalty in Boston bombing case

Apr 8, 2015 - 04:38 am .- As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands trial, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are asking that he not receive the death penalty if he is convicted.

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Mar 27, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms.  

Pope Francis: No matter what the crime, 'the death penalty is inadmissible'

Mar 20, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Regardless of the crime that has been committed, capital punishment is unacceptable in the modern world, Pope Francis stressed in a recent letter.

'Capital punishment must end' – Catholic publications unite in rare joint statement

Mar 5, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Four U.S. Catholic publications with a broad range of audiences have come together in a joint editorial citing Church leaders in calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States.

Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Dec 3, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment.  

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