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Death Penalty - Latest News

Feb 22, 2021 - 04:00 pm .- Virginia is expected to become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty, after its general assembly voted on Monday to end the practice.
Feb 12, 2021 - 05:00 pm .- The Supreme Court on Thursday refused an appeal by the state of Alabama to execute a man without a chaplain present. 
Feb 11, 2021 - 02:15 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the case of an Alabama death row inmate who has asked to have a Christian pastor present with him to pray in the final moments of his life.
Feb 5, 2021 - 04:00 pm .- Virginia's two Catholic bishops welcomed the state legislature’s votes to abolish the death penalty this week. 
Jan 26, 2021 - 03:55 pm .- Dozens of members of Congress are urging the Attorney General-designate to stop use of the federal death penalty.
Jan 25, 2021 - 12:55 pm .- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled favorably toward a Catholic death row inmate requesting the presence of a priest at his execution.
Jan 13, 2021 - 03:39 pm .- Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was executed early Wednesday morning, despite her attorneys’ arguments that her severe mental illness rendered her unable to understand why she was being killed.
Jan 12, 2021 - 09:47 am .- A district court judge has stayed the execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, on the eve of her execution.
Jan 9, 2021 - 05:00 am .- In an online panel Friday, the incoming chair of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee discussed the Church’s opposition to the death penalty as a matter of fighting the “throwaway culture.”
Dec 10, 2020 - 12:19 am .- The use of lethal injections will no longer be allowed for executions in the state of Ohio, and an alternative method must be found if capital punishment is to continue in the state, Governor Mike DeWine said this week.
Dec 7, 2020 - 10:00 am .- Leading U.S. bishops are imploring the Trump administration to stop scheduled federal executions during the season of Advent.
Sep 22, 2020 - 02:45 pm .- The Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday implored President Donald Trump to halt two federal executions set to take place this week.
Sep 6, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The Archbishop of Kansas City is calling for an end to the death penalty.
Aug 27, 2020 - 05:30 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday criticized the federal government for its continued use of the death penalty, which the Justice Department resumed this summer after a 17-year moratorium on federal executions.
Aug 19, 2020 - 02:40 pm .- Joe Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidate on Tuesday evening. With the formalities over, what are the policies he will be running on?
Aug 19, 2020 - 03:00 am .- Catholics are speaking out on behalf of a Native American man on federal death row, who is set to be executed this month. The man’s tribe, the Navajo Nation, objects to the death sentence and has asked President Donald Trump to commute the sentence to life in prison.
Aug 4, 2020 - 02:35 pm .- After President Donald Trump said Sunday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, perpetrator of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, should be put to death, the Archdiocese of Boston said justice calls for life in prison, not the death penalty.
Jul 30, 2020 - 12:17 am .- Catholic leaders in the Philippines have spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to reinstate the death penalty for illegal drug use and other crimes.
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 - 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.