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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.  

Death penalty suspended in Ohio as lethal drugs questioned

Aug 12, 2014 - 02:12 pm .- Following the controversial botched execution of an inmate in Ohio, using a new lethal-injection mixture, a federal judge has decided to halt executions in the state until January 2015.

Ariz. inmate's grueling execution lamented as preventable

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Not only could the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona inmate last week have been avoided, but the number of botched deaths by lethal injection is increasing in the U.S., says one observer.

Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

May 16, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation.

Botched execution shows death penalty's brutality, bishop says

Apr 30, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- Commenting on the April 29 bungled execution of a death row inmate at the state penitentiary, Oklahoma City’s archbishop has called for a reconsideration of capital punishment.

Priest lauds temporary halt of Washington death penalty

Feb 13, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state has issued a moratorium or temporary prohibition on executions, drawing praise from a priest who has written against the death penalty.

Death penalty debate aims to give public voice to Church

Jan 26, 2014 - 06:05 am .- The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought will host a debate at the University of Colorado next week on the use of the death penalty in the U.S., demonstrating the Church's desire for dialogue.

Florida Catholics plan prayer vigils, protest death penalty

Sep 28, 2013 - 06:13 am .- As the scheduled execution date approaches for a Florida man convicted of murder, local Catholics are offering prayers and renewing their call for an end to the practice of the death penalty.

Denver archbishop calls for end to Colo. death penalty

May 24, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has called for the repeal of the death penalty following the Colorado governor’s grant of a temporary reprieve to a death row inmate convicted of four murders.

Maryland Catholics call death penalty repeal a pro-life win

Mar 21, 2013 - 04:01 am .- Catholics in Maryland are welcoming the repeal of the death penalty in the state as a step towards a culture of life that respects the dignity of all human persons, from conception to natural death.

Maryland advances towards abolishing death penalty

Mar 8, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- The Maryland senate has passed a bill that would locally overturn the death penalty, placing the state closer to outlawing the practice.

Archbishop testifies for repeal of Maryland death penalty

Feb 14, 2013 - 05:05 pm .- Speaking at a legislative hearing in Maryland, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore supported efforts to end the death penalty in the state, calling for punishments that respect human life.

Gov. Jindal rejects request to halt Ash Wednesday execution

Feb 8, 2013 - 06:03 pm .- Gov. Bobby Jindal has rejected the Louisiana Catholic bishops' request to halt the scheduled Ash Wednesday execution of a convicted murderer.

Catholic conference regrets failure of Calif. death penalty repeal

Nov 8, 2012 - 02:26 am .- The California Catholic Conference says it regrets the failure of a state ballot measure to repeal the death penalty, but that the effort helped to increase respect for life.

Scheduled execution put on hold in Pennsylvania

Oct 1, 2012 - 03:52 pm .- A Philadelphia judge stayed the execution of Terrance Williams last Friday, and his case will now go to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Archbishop Chaput urges end to capital punishment

Sep 11, 2012 - 12:06 pm .- Ahead of the possible execution of three convicts on Pennsylvania’s death row, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has called for an end to the death penalty.

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