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Capital Punishment - Latest News
Aug 25, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- Catholics are joining Native American leaders in calling for mercy for a Navajo man who is sentenced to die in a federal execution this week. The Navajo Nation objects to the execution. 
Jul 16, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- The second of five federal prisoners slated for execution was killed in the early hours of Thursday, July 16. Wesley Ira Purkey was confessed to murdering a 16-year old girl. His lawyers argued he had dementia.
Jul 14, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- The chief judge of a federal district court in Indiana denied Tuesday a motion to delay the execution of Dustin Honken, which is scheduled to take place Friday, until a treatment or vaccine for coronavirus is widely available.
Jul 14, 2020 - 09:50 am .- The federal government executed its first federal inmate in 17 years on Tuesday, following numerous delays and requests for clemency from the family of the victims.
Jul 9, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark has joined several U.S. bishops in asking President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a federal inmate scheduled to be executed on July 17.
Jun 29, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Federal executions are set to resume in the next two weeks after the Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the new execution protocol on Monday. 
Jun 17, 2020 - 10:04 am .- The Supreme Court stayed the execution of a man in Texas after the state’s Department of Corrections refused to allow a Catholic priest to be with him in the final moments of his life.
May 20, 2020 - 12:45 pm .- Despite objections from Catholic groups, a Missouri death row inmate died by lethal injection May 19, in the first execution carried out in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 24, 2020 - 06:19 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Colorado have welcomed the repeal of the death penalty, as the state becomes the 22nd to repeal capital punishment.
Feb 3, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Colorado have backed a bipartisan bill to repeal the death penalty that appears set to become law, after five previous attempts failed.
Dec 19, 2019 - 12:03 am .- As support for the death penalty decreases in the U.S., so does the number of inmates executed by the states, said a new report this week.
Nov 21, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- A federal judge on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction halting federal executions in the U.S., saying that a challenge to the proposed execution method should be given time to receive a court ruling.
Oct 7, 2019 - 04:29 pm .- Ahead of a scheduled reinstatement of the death penalty for federal inmates, the bishops of Indiana are calling on U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration to reverse the decision.
Jul 30, 2019 - 10:15 am .- Catholic leaders have condemned the federal government’s announcement last week that it will resume of executions after an almost two decade-long hiatus.
Jul 26, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- Catholic leaders in the Philippines are calling on Catholics and lawmakers to resist President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to revive the death penalty.
Jul 25, 2019 - 09:41 am .- The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will resume executions after an almost two-decade lapse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday.
May 30, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester welcomed Thursday the New Hampshire legislature's override of a veto by the governor on capital punishment repeal.
May 21, 2019 - 05:38 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Florida are calling on the state’s governor to spare the life of Bobby Joe Long, a convicted serial killer who is scheduled to be executed on Thursday.
May 6, 2019 - 01:57 pm .- The bishops of Tennessee have requested that the new governor halt four executions planned for this year, reiterating the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of human life.
Apr 5, 2019 - 12:17 am .- The state of Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, following a Supreme Court decision that halted the execution of a Buddist man who was denied the presence of his chaplain.

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