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Supreme Court halts execution of inmate requesting vocal prayer at his death

The Supreme Court late Wednesday evening halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate who had requested his pastor... Read more

Pastor Dana Moore

In last-minute plea to Supreme Court, lawyers beg for prayer in execution chamber

Religious freedom advocates are requesting that a Texas death row inmate have access to vocal prayer and the touch of... Read more

Pastor Dana Moore of Second Baptist Church Corpus Christi

Texas death row inmate sues to have pastor’s touch in execution chamber

A man scheduled to be executed in early September is suing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to have his... Read more

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Survey: A majority of US Catholics support the death penalty

One recent survey shows a majority of U.S. Catholics supporting use of the death penalty for murder convicts. The support... Read more

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US Justice Department halts federal executions

US Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a moratorium on federal executions while the Department of Justice conducts a review of... Read more

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Biden administration seeks death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber 

The Justice Department recently asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in... Read more

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Arizona bishops 'very concerned' about possible executions - including by gas chamber

Arizona bishops are “very concerned” that the state could resume executions this fall – including the possibility of executions by... Read more

Catholics make last-minute appeal of execution in Texas

Catholics are asking the governor of Texas to halt an execution scheduled for Wednesday evening.  Read more

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Charleston diocese 'extremely disappointed' with law recommencing executions

South Carolina on Monday became the fourth state to officially sanction the use of the firing squad as a method... Read more

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