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Most Americans support life in prison over death penalty, says new poll

Most Americans support life in prison over death penalty, says new poll

| Carol Zimmermann | November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most Americans support life imprisonment over the death penalty, according to a Gallup poll released Nov. 24, revealing a shift in the majority opinion on this issue for the first time in 34 years.

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As execution looms, case for clemency hinges on an act of forgiveness

As execution looms, case for clemency hinges on an act of forgiveness

| Theresa Laurence | May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don Johnson, set to be executed May 16 by the state of Tennessee for the brutal 1984 murder of his wife Connie Johnson, has several people in his corner advocating clemency for him.

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N.H. death penalty repeal bid called ‘an enormous victory for life’

N.H. death penalty repeal bid called ‘an enormous victory for life’

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The New Hampshire Senate’s vote to repeal the death penalty is “an enormous victory for life,” according to the executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network.

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Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

| Bronwen Dachs | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of executions worldwide has dropped by almost one-third, Amnesty International said in its latest review of the death penalty.

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Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis said.

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Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death penalty as unconstitutional.

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Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

| Anne Condodina | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Abolishing the death penalty worldwide would reflect the brave and hope-filled belief that crime can be dealt with without capital punishment and that a criminal should be given the chance to reform, a top Vatican diplomat told world leaders.

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Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

While much of the focus has been on the Supreme Court, state legislatures, governors and juries in the ongoing fight to abolish capital punishment in the United States, the head of the Death Penalty Information Center suggested that counties may be key.

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Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 11, 2017 | 3 Comments

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

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Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

| July 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Virginia officials executed a man convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy despite the pleas of advocates who said the crimes resulted from severe mental illness.

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National Catholic journals unite: ‘Capital punishment must end’

National Catholic journals unite: ‘Capital punishment must end’

| March 10, 2015 | 9 Comments

We, the editors of four Catholic journals — America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor — urge the readers of our diverse publications and the whole U.S. Catholic community and all people of faith to stand with us and say, “Capital punishment must end.”

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