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Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber 1.

Don't bring back the death penalty, New Mexico bishops plead

Aug 23, 2016

The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber.

California bishops urge voters to reject the death penalty this fall

Jul 16, 2016

On Thursday, the bishops of California announced their support of a state ballot measure that would end the use of... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

There's no excuse for it: Pope Francis on the death penalty

Jun 22, 2016

In a video message sent Wednesday to a gathering of advocates for abolition of the death penalty, Pope Francis welcomed... Read more

The former lethal injection room at the New Mexico State Penitentiary.

Executions in the US are falling dramatically. Why?

Jan 7, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Executions in the United States fell to the lowest number in decades in 2015, and recent Popes may have helped... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber 1.

Ahead of Florida execution, bishops renew calls against death penalty

Oct 27, 2015

Stressing that capital punishment is not necessary in the modern-day U.S., Florida’s Catholic bishops have asked the state governor to... Read more

Kelly Gissendaner at the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, GA at the 2011 graduation ceremony.

Pope appeals for life of Georgia death row inmate, but parole board rejects

Sep 29, 2015

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to commute the death sentence of a local woman scheduled to... Read more

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln prepares to administer Confirmation to prisoners during a Mass said at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, March 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Southern Nebraska Register.

It's not over yet: Nebraska bishops, Catholics continue to fight death penalty

Aug 28, 2015

Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops have asked all people of goodwill to continue to fight the death penalty, after it won... Read more

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln gives Confirmation to a prisoner during a Mass said at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, March 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Southern Nebraska Register.

Bishop Conley asks for prayers as Nebraska legislators vote on death penalty (Updated)

May 27, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

As the Nebraska Legislature considers overriding the state governor's veto of a bill that would repeal the death penalty, the... Read more

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln blesses prisoners at the Nebraska State Penitentiary during the recessional of a Mass said March 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Southern Nebraska Register.

Nebraska bishops praise move to repeal death penalty

May 21, 2015

Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot... Read more

Sister Helen Prejean, an anti-death penalty advocate who testified in the sentencing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber.

Nun asks jury for mercy, to spare Boston bomber's life

May 11, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

In the defense’s final move to save the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sister Helen Prejean asked... Read more

Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We're having the wrong debate

May 9, 2015

As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have... Read more

The lethal injection chamber at the Oklahoma State Penintentiary, May 7, 2010.

Is Oklahoma's use of lethal injection cruel and unusual?

May 2, 2015

By Kate Veik

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the use of the lethal injection in the... Read more

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Mar 27, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past,... 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: No matter what the crime, 'the death penalty is inadmissible'

Mar 20, 2015

Regardless of the crime that has been committed, capital punishment is unacceptable in the modern world, Pope Francis stressed in... Read more

'Capital punishment must end' – Catholic publications unite in rare joint statement

Mar 5, 2015

Four U.S. Catholic publications with a broad range of audiences have come together in a joint editorial citing Church leaders... Read more

Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise.

Archbishop Chaput applauds Penn. governor for halt to death penalty

Feb 14, 2015

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has welcomed Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf's decision on Friday to effectively establish a moratorium on... Read more

An officer closes the gate of Kerobokan prison in Indonesia, where Myuran Sukuraman and Andrew Chan are jailed, Feb. 10, 2015.

Jail, not death: appropriate punishment according to Australia's bishops

Feb 12, 2015

With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the... Read more

Lethal injection room at the New Mexico state penitentiary.

Bishops use Supreme Court case to call for death penalty abolition

Jan 28, 2015

Several bishops in the U.S. have welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to re-examine death penalty protocols, and have called for... Read more

Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Dec 3, 2014

The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate... Read more

The lethal injection room at New Mexico State Pen.

Texas Catholics to governor: Don't execute mentally ill man

Dec 2, 2014

The Texas Catholic Conference has called on governor Rick Perry to stay the execution of mentally ill death row inmate... Read more