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Colorado becomes latest state to repeal death penalty

Mar 24, 2020

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

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Colorado's Catholic bishops back death penalty repeal

Feb 3, 2020

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

Drop in support for the death penalty matches decline in its use

Dec 19, 2019

As support for the death penalty decreases in the U.S., so does the number of inmates executed by the states,... Read more

Federal executions put on hold while court case moves forward

Nov 21, 2019

A federal judge on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction halting federal executions in the U.S., saying that a challenge to... Read more

Indiana bishops say death penalty does not help convicts or victims

Oct 7, 2019

Ahead of a scheduled reinstatement of the death penalty for federal inmates, the bishops of Indiana are calling on U.S.... Read more

Bishops lament return of federal executions

Jul 30, 2019

Catholic leaders have condemned the federal government’s announcement last week that it will resume of executions after an almost two... Read more

The flag of the Philippines.

Church in Philippines rejects president's call to revive death penalty

Jul 26, 2019

Catholic leaders in the Philippines are calling on Catholics and lawmakers to resist President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to revive the... Read more

After nearly 20 years, federal government will resume executions

Jul 25, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will resume executions after an almost two-decade lapse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced... Read more

Manchester bishop welcomes repeal of death penalty in NH

May 30, 2019

Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester welcomed Thursday the New Hampshire legislature's override of a veto by the governor on capital... Read more

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.

Florida Catholic Conference asks governor to halt execution of serial killer

May 21, 2019

The Catholic bishops of Florida are calling on the state’s governor to spare the life of Bobby Joe Long, a... Read more

Tenn. bishops urge governor to stop executions

May 6, 2019

The bishops of Tennessee have requested that the new governor halt four executions planned for this year, reiterating the Church’s... Read more

After Supreme Court ruling, Texas bans all chaplains from execution rooms

Apr 4, 2019

The state of Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, following a Supreme Court decision that halted... Read more

The palace of the sultan of Brunei in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Brunei implements law punishing adultery, sodomy with death penalty

Apr 3, 2019

Brunei implemented Wednesday a sharia penal code that punishes such crimes as adultery, sodomy, rape, and blasphemy of Muhammad with... Read more

The Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Colorado's death penalty repeal failure means 'unneeded violence', critic says

Apr 2, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

A death penalty repeal effort has failed in the Colorado legislature after failing to win enough votes in the Democratic-controlled... Read more

Texas bishops praise delayed execution of prisoner denied Buddhist chaplain

Mar 29, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops praised the Supreme Court’s decision to delay the execution of Patrick Murphy, a Buddhist... Read more

Colorado Catholic Conference supports bill to repeal death penalty

Mar 7, 2019

By Perry West

As a measure to repeal Colorado’s death penalty passed a Senate committee this week, the Colorado Catholic Conference has expressed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

Pope encourages group working to end use of death penalty

Feb 27, 2019

In a video message sent Wednesday to an international anti-death penalty group Pope Francis encouraged them in their work and... Read more

A lethal injection chamber in California.

Muslim denied presence of imam at his execution in Alabama

Feb 8, 2019

A Muslim man convicted of murder has been executed in Alabama without his imam present, despite the man’s requests to... Read more

Washington state bishops support repeal of death penalty

Feb 8, 2019

The Catholic bishops of Washington state are expressing support for a senate bill that would repeal the death penalty.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis: Death penalty a ‘legalistic’ value, not a Christian one

Dec 17, 2018

The death penalty is always a rejection of the Gospel and of human dignity, and therefore must be rejected by... Read more