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Panelists speak at an Oct. 23, 2023, Catholic-organized anti-death penalty event at Xavier University’s Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati.

Catholic anti-death penalty group seeks to ‘transform the criminal system’ in defense of life

Feb 4, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Catholic Mobilizing Network seeks to “value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty,” and “to transform... Read more

The Community of Sant'Egidio, a group founded in Rome and known for mediating conflicts worldwide, shared a  petition Jan. 23, 2024, urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to halt the execution of convicted murderer Kenneth “Kenny” Eugene Smith.

Catholic group expresses concern over Alabama’s untested new execution method

Jan 23, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The Community of Sant’Egidio shared a petition Jan. 23 urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to halt the execution of Kenneth... Read more

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Biden administration seeks the death penalty for Buffalo supermarket shooter

Jan 16, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Payton Gendron’s May 2022 shooting rampage resulted in 10 deaths. Authorities called it a racially motivated hate crime.  Read more

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Data shows most states moving away from use of the death penalty

Dec 7, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Executions peaked in 1999 and have been on a mostly unbroken downward trajectory since then with more states ending the... Read more

Bishop Joe Vasquez of the Diocese of Austin celebrates Mass in the Mountain View Unit prison in Gatesville, Texas, which houses the state's female death row, on Dec. 1, 2023.

Austin bishop celebrates special Mass in Texas prison for female death row inmates

Dec 5, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The Mass, which took place at the Mountain View Unit prison in Gatesville, Texas, was part of a three-day conference... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley. Courtesy photo.

Oklahoma City archbishop urges governor to grant clemency to convicted murderer

Nov 10, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A statewide board in Oklahoma this week narrowly recommended clemency for a man convicted of a double murder more than... Read more

Panelists (from left) Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., Debra Milke, and Randal Padgett at an Oct. 23, 2023, Catholic Mobilizing Network event at Xavier University’s Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati.

Catholic anti-death penalty group hosts discussion featuring death row exonerees

Oct 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic Mobilizing Network hosted the Oct. 23 event at Xavier University in Cincinnati in partnership with other anti-death penalty organizations. Read more

Jedidiah Murphy was executed by the state of Texas on Oct. 10, 2023.

Texas executes prisoner despite pleas for clemency from Catholic anti-death-penalty group

Oct 11, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Jedidiah Murphy was put to death by lethal injection at the execution chamber in Huntsville on Tuesday night. Read more

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Florida executes convicted double-murderer despite pleas from Catholic bishops

Oct 4, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Michael Zack had been convicted of two 1996 murders: He stabbed Ravonne Smith to death and later beat to death... Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley.

Oklahoma archbishop decries execution of Anthony Sanchez as ‘archaic’

Sep 28, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Sanchez was convicted of the 1996 rape and murder of 21-year-old University of Oklahoma student Juli Busken. Read more

Robert G. Bowers, 50, entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue during morning Shabbat prayer services on Oct. 27, 2018. He killed 11 and injured several, including police officers.

Tree of Life synagogue shooter handed federal death penalty

Aug 3, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Robert G. Bowers is the first person to be condemned to death under the Biden administration, which placed the federal... Read more

Death penalty.

Florida bishops request clemency for death row inmate

Aug 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

James Phillip Barnes is scheduled to die Thursday, but bishops in Florida have appealed to Gov. Ron DeSantis for a... Read more

Johnny Johnson.

UPDATE: Missouri death row inmate to be executed Tuesday

Jul 31, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in St. Louis and across Missouri, as well as Pope Francis himself, had advocated for a stay of Johnny... Read more

Johnny Johnson.

Missouri death row inmate granted stay of execution following Catholic advocacy

Jul 26, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics across Missouri had advocated for a stay of Johnny Johnson’s execution, citing the Church’s teaching on the admissibility of... Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley preaching during Mass in the cathedral in 2021.

After latest Oklahoma execution, Archbishop Coakley calls for death penalty abolition

Jul 24, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Convicted murderer Jemaine Cannon, 51, was executed by lethal injection on Thursday morning at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Read more

Death penalty.

Catholic priest shares inside look of accompanying a man on death row

Jul 4, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Father Dustin Feddon from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee tells CNA what it was like to walk with Darryl Barwick to... Read more

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Bishops condemn Florida’s dropping of unanimous jury requirement for death penalty cases

Apr 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill April 20 allowing prisoners in the state to be sentenced to death without... Read more

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Denial of clemency to death row inmate disappoints Oklahoma archbishop

Sep 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

One day after a parole board denied clemency to death row inmate Benjamin Cole, the archbishop of Oklahoma City registered... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Vatican, Aug. 24, 2022

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for September: ‘Abolition of the death penalty’

Aug 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world to pray in September for an end to the death penalty. Read more

A lethal injection chamber.

Oklahoma City archbishop disappointed by denial of clemency to death row inmate

Aug 24, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Shortly after Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma denied clemency to death row inmate James Coddington on Wednesday, the Archbishop of... Read more