Tag: Death penalty

Catholic leaders praise Colorado’s repeal of death penalty

Catholic leaders praise Colorado’s repeal of death penalty

| Carol Zimmermann | March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders praised Colorado Gov. Jared Polis for signing a death penalty repeal bill into law March 23, making Colorado the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty.

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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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Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

| Natalie Hoefer | November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nearly 100 people were bathed in light as they gathered for a prayer vigil at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Terre Haute, not far from the Federal Correctional Complex.

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Federal court grants Florida death-row inmate temporary stay

Federal court grants Florida death-row inmate temporary stay

| Jean Gonzalez | October 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

James Dailey, a prisoner who has been on Florida’s death row for more than three decades and who has maintained his innocence, was granted a temporary stay of execution Oct. 23.

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Journalist talks about reconciling faith and career of covering executions

Journalist talks about reconciling faith and career of covering executions

| Jo Ann Zuniga | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Michael Graczyk, a parishioner at a Catholic church in Montgomery County, Texas, has personally witnessed more than 400 executions of Texas inmates in death penalty cases in his career as a journalist.

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Indiana bishops want decision to resume federal death penalty rescinded

Indiana bishops want decision to resume federal death penalty rescinded

| Carol Zimmermann | October 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

In an Oct. 4 statement, the Catholic bishops of Indiana said the federal government’s decision this past summer to end a 16-year moratorium on executing federal inmates is “regrettable, unnecessary and morally unjustified.”

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Sister Prejean tells how she ‘woke up’ to injustices nearly 40 years ago

Sister Prejean tells how she ‘woke up’ to injustices nearly 40 years ago

| Carol Zimmermann | September 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sister Helen Prejean, the well-known advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, was not always doing this work. It came out of her “waking up,” as she put it, to capital punishment’s injustice.

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Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

| Carol Zimmermann | July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The July 25 announcement by the Justice Department that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment.

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Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty

Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

A group of Mercy sisters has been honored by the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty for the key role they played in making New Hampshire the 21st state in the country to abolish the death penalty.

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Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.

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‘No healing will come’ from Alabama execution, Catholic group says

‘No healing will come’ from Alabama execution, Catholic group says

| Carol Zimmermann | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

In response to the Supreme Court’s May 30 decision to allow the execution of an Alabama death-row inmate, a Catholic group seeking to end the death penalty said in a tweet: “Our work to build a more restorative criminal justice system continues.”

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New Hampshire Catholic officials laud state’s death penalty ban

New Hampshire Catholic officials laud state’s death penalty ban

| Rhina Guidos | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

On May 30, New Hampshire lawmakers garnered enough votes to abolish the death penalty in the state, overriding a veto from Gov. Chris Sununu and becoming the 21st state to ban capital punishment.

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