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CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel.

Haspel CIA nomination raises questions about ‘enhanced interrogation’ and torture

Mar 15, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, oversaw a secret prison in Thailand where US intelligence targets... 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

'Torture works'? Not really, say former interrogators

Jan 31, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Countering claims by some politicians that torture is an acceptable part of the fight against terrorism, experts in ethics and... Read more

Barbed wire.

Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo echoes call of US bishops

Feb 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday his intent to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, a proposal... Read more

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

God's immeasurable love transforms lives, emphasizes Pope

Jun 22, 2014

In his Sunday Angelus today Pope Francis stressed the limitless nature of God’s love that transforms the heart and life... Read more

Felice Gaer speaks during a panel on January 21, 2013.

Critic: UN abortion controversy shows push to exclude Catholics

May 28, 2014

U.N. anti-torture committee member Felice Gaer’s statement to a Holy See delegation equating opposition to abortion and torture is part... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

May 23, 2014

A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture.  Read more

The United Nations flag flies outside UN Headquarters, September 20, 2011.

Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing

May 2, 2014

Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment... Read more

Former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska speaking at CPAC 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland, March 8, 2014.

Sarah Palin rebuked for comparing waterboarding to baptism

May 1, 2014

Catholics and other Christians have criticized Sarah Palin’s recent comments comparing waterboarding to baptism, calling them disrespectful, irreverent, and even... Read more