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As Biden presidency passes 100 days, Catholics push him to end federal death penalty

Catholics are calling on President Joe Biden to honor his campaign promises to raise the refugee ceiling and halt use... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Naumann on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly

How Archbishop Naumann's family tragedy shaped his beliefs on the sanctity of life

For the chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, his family’s history of tragedy shaped his beliefs on human dignity... Read more

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Virginia governor signs death penalty repeal

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) signed a bill Wednesday ending the death penalty in Virginia, making the commonwealth the 23rd state... Read more

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Boston Archdiocese calls for life without parole for Boston bomber, after Supreme Court agrees to consider death penalty

As the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Archdiocese... Read more

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Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty

Virginia is expected to become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty, after its general assembly voted on... Read more

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Supreme Court rules that Alabama can’t deny death row inmate a chaplain

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused an appeal by the state of Alabama to execute a man without a chaplain... Read more

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Supreme Court weighing Alabama ban on clergy at executions

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the case of an Alabama death row inmate who has asked to have a... Read more

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Virginia bishops approve state’s move to abolish the death penalty

Virginia's two Catholic bishops welcomed the state legislature’s votes to abolish the death penalty this week.   Read more

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Members of Congress push for end to the federal death penalty

Dozens of members of Congress are urging the Attorney General-designate to stop use of the federal death penalty.  Read more

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Supreme Court rules favorably toward inmate requesting priest at execution

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled favorably toward a Catholic death row inmate requesting the presence of a priest at... Read more

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US executes Lisa Montgomery despite concerns over mental illness 

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was executed early Wednesday morning, despite her attorneys’ arguments that her... Read more

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Federal execution of Lisa Montgomery stayed

A district court judge has stayed the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, on the... Read more

Incoming USCCB doctrine chair: Death penalty is part of ‘throwaway culture’

In an online panel Friday, the incoming chair of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee discussed the Church’s opposition to the... 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

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End executions for Advent, Catholic bishops tell Trump

Leading U.S. bishops are imploring the Trump administration to stop scheduled federal executions during the season of Advent.  Read more

US bishops to Trump: 'Enough. Stop these executions'  

The Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday implored President Donald Trump to halt two federal executions set to... Read more

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His own father murdered, Catholic archbishop speaks against death penalty

The Archbishop of Kansas City is calling for an end to the death penalty.  Read more

USCCB to Trump administration: 'Stop these executions!'

The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday criticized the federal government for its continued use of the death penalty, which the... Read more

Joe Biden at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The Biden Platform: What Catholics should know

Joe Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidate on Tuesday evening. With the formalities over, what... Read more

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

Catholics pray for Navajo man scheduled for federal execution

Catholics are speaking out on behalf of a Native American man on federal death row, who is set to be... Read more