VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich granted a reprieve to delay the execution of Cleveland Jackson and commuted the death sentence of Raymond Tibbetts to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jackson had been scheduled to be executed on September 13, 2018 and Tibbetts on October 17,
On February 3rd, Sister Helen Prejean was the keynote speaker at the 74th annual Salesian Guild held at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati. Sister Helen, a member of the Congregation of Saint Joseph, is a leading advocate to abolish the death penalty in the United States. Her book Dead
On Thursday, November 30th the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains was illuminated in purple (a sign of mourning) as part of the global “Cities for Life against the Death Penalty” movement.
Catholic News Service NEW ORLEANS — More than 100 religious leaders across the state of Louisiana filed an amicus brief Oct. 19 with the Louisiana Supreme Court in hopes of sparing the life of a convicted murderer. The religious leaders who signed the brief “have a substantial interest in ensuring
CNA/EWTN News The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions. The 5-4 ruling in Glossip v. Gross was announced June 29. Lawyers for three death-row inmates in Oklahoma had argued before
By Catholic News Service LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state’s Catholic bishops. In a 30-19 vote May 27, the senators supported a bill that replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life
By Catholic News Service ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Dec. 31 he would commute the death sentences of the last four inmates on the state’s death row to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.
CNS Reports Appeals court stays Texas execution over claim of mental disability AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) — An execution scheduled for May 13 in Huntsville was stayed by a federal appeals court in New Orleans two hours before Robert James Campbell was set to be put to death.