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An anti-death penalty demonstration in Manila, March 2017.

Filipino bishops praise cross-country march against death penalty

May 10, 2017

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have praised a cross-country march showing opposition to the restoration of the death penalty.  Read more

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Arkansas executions damage 'our whole society,' Catholic group says

Apr 28, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days, Catholics offered prayers for the prisoners, the victims, and their families,... Read more

Catholics speak out against execution of two more Arkansas inmates

Apr 24, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As Arkansas prepares to conduct the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000, Catholics prayed for all involved in... Read more

Virginia bishops welcome commutation of prisoner's death sentence

Apr 22, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Virginia welcomed a decision by the governor to commute a prisoner’s death sentence on the grounds... Read more

Two Arkansas executions called off, but five remain planned

Apr 18, 2017

Catholics in Arkansas and around the country continue to pray for death row inmates in the state, after courts on... Read more

Catholics heartened by stay on flurry of planned executions in Arkansas

Apr 17, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As judges halted the planned executions of eight inmates in 10 days in Arkansas, Catholics around the country pointed to... Read more

As wave of executions draws near, Catholics in Arkansas pray for an alternative

Apr 9, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Even though legal options have run out, Catholics in Arkansas are still pushing back against a wave of eight executions... Read more

Supreme Court rejects Texas' standards for executing the intellectually disabled

Mar 28, 2017

By Matt Hadro

In a death penalty case with national implications, the Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a Texas court ruling that a... Read more

Is the death penalty a form of psychological torture? This author says yes

Mar 14, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Recent “botched executions” resulting in painful deaths for inmates have stirred controversy over the use of the death penalty. But... Read more

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The death penalty doesn't solve problems, archbishop tells UN

Mar 7, 2017

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations reiterated the Vatican’s defense of all human life in... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

Race-based death sentence rejected at US Supreme Court

Feb 23, 2017

A death row inmate in Texas deserves a new sentencing hearing because his own lawyers called on an expert who... Read more

Why this slain priest's opposition to the death penalty matters

Feb 2, 2017

A priest who was murdered in 2016 had previously certified that he would not want his murderer executed. Three Catholic... Read more

Philippines bishops oppose bid for severe death penalty revival

Jan 31, 2017

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines voiced strong objections to proposals intended to reinstate the death penalty in the country.... Read more

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Virginia bishops: Death penalty won't heal a broken world

Jan 22, 2017

For two Catholic bishops in Virginia, the execution of a man convicted of brutally killing a family of four was... Read more

Dylann Roof mugshot.

Pray for Dylann Roof's victims – and his conversion, S.C. bishop says

Jan 11, 2017

The death sentence announced this week for mass murderer Dylann Roof prompted the local Catholic bishop to call for prayer,... Read more

Death penalty was on the decline in America in 2016

Jan 6, 2017

The year 2016 marked a major decline in the number of executions and sentences to capital punishment in the United... Read more

Many states still execute inmates with severe mental illnesses

Dec 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

More than 10 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases that the death penalty is unconstitutional when... Read more

Outside of the US Supreme Court House in Washington DC during the June 2015 ruling on the death penalty.

Supreme Court appears skeptical of Texas' death penalty standards

Dec 2, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a death penalty case that could determine the fate of a man... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley prays with brother bishops at his installation as the ninth bishop of Lincoln, Neb.

Bishop Conley rejects pro-death penalty ads distorting his words

Nov 5, 2016

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln has called on the group “Nebraskans for the Death Penalty” to retract social media advertisements... Read more

Texas bishops: The death penalty is a pro-life issue

Oct 10, 2016

The abolition of the death penalty is “undeniably a pro-life issue” that would better serve society and lead criminals to... Read more