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The lethal injection room at California's San Quentin State Prison.

Survey: A majority of US Catholics support the death penalty

One recent survey shows a majority of U.S. Catholics supporting use of the death penalty for murder convicts. The support... Read more

The US Penitentiary at Terre Haute.

US Justice Department halts federal executions

US Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a moratorium on federal executions while the Department of Justice conducts a review of... Read more

The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

Majority of US adults support death penalty

A majority of U.S. adults still support the administration of capital punishment, according to a June 2 Pew Research Center... Read more

Virginia state capitol.

Virginia poised to abolish death penalty

The abolition of the death penalty has advanced in Virginia, with the State Senate’s passage of a bill backed by... Read more

US Capitol dome.

Amid scheduled executions, bills introduced to end federal use of death penalty

As three federal executions were scheduled for this week, multiple bills have been introduced in Congress to end use of... Read more

Bishops call on Trump administration to stop planned federal executions

Prominent U.S. bishops are imploring a halt to three federal executions scheduled for this week.  Read more

Lawyer urges clemency for federal death row inmate

A woman convicted of murdering a woman and stealing her unborn child should be granted clemency ahead of her scheduled... Read more

Ohio governor: Lethal injection impermissible for executions 

The use of lethal injections will no longer be allowed for executions in the state of Ohio, and an alternative... Read more

Corridor in an abandoned Penitentiary.

Tennessee governor delays execution of man with 'intellectual disability'

The governor of Tennessee has delayed the execution of an intellectually disabled man due to the coronavirus pandemic. The execution... Read more

Death Row Sign At A Maximum Security Prison. Image via Shutterstock

Does 'Fratelli tutti' change Church teaching on the death penalty?

In his new encyclical, Pope Francis reiterated that the death penalty is “inadmissible,” but did he change centuries of Church teaching... Read more

The US Penitentiary at Terre Haute, where Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be executed Aug. 26.

Catholics plead for Navajo man on eve of scheduled execution

Catholics are joining Native American leaders in calling for mercy for a Navajo man who is sentenced to die in... Read more

Death row in an American prison.

Second federal inmate executed after Supreme Court decision

The second of five federal prisoners slated for execution was killed in the early hours of Thursday, July 16. Wesley... Read more

Court denies Catholic priest's motion asking for delay of prisoner's execution

The chief judge of a federal district court in Indiana denied Tuesday a motion to delay the execution of Dustin... Read more

First federal execution in 17 years lamented as 'unnecessary and avoidable'

The federal government executed its first federal inmate in 17 years on Tuesday, following numerous delays and requests for clemency... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark.

Cardinal Tobin asks Trump for clemency in death row case

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark has joined several U.S. bishops in asking President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence... Read more

Federal executions to resume after Supreme Court denies appeal

Federal executions are set to resume in the next two weeks after the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to... Read more

Supreme Court stays Texas execution over chaplain dispute 

The Supreme Court stayed the execution of a man in Texas after the state’s Department of Corrections refused to allow... Read more

Walter Barton.

Catholics protest Missouri execution of death row prisoner

Despite objections from Catholic groups, a Missouri death row inmate died by lethal injection May 19, in the first execution... Read more

Colorado becomes latest state to repeal death penalty

The Catholic bishops of Colorado have welcomed the repeal of the death penalty, as the state becomes the 22nd to... Read more

The Colorado capitol building in Denver.

Colorado's Catholic bishops back death penalty repeal

The Catholic bishops of Colorado have backed a bipartisan bill to repeal the death penalty that appears set to become... Read more