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Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive death penalty
Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive death penalty

The Philippine Jesuits have joined the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. "The Philippine Jesuits stand behind our bishops in condemning the wanton disregard for life that capital punishment represents, something made even more repulsive in a context where rampant killing has been taking place with apparent

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Holy See speaks out against death penalty
Holy See speaks out against death penalty

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, on Wednesday reaffirmed that life is sacred from conception to natural death in a meeting at the UN Human Rights Council on the death penalty. "In this regard, one should consider that human justice is fallible and that the death penalty per se is irreversible," Archbishop Jurkovič said, "We should take into account that capital punishment always

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Philippines: Archbishop speaks out against president in New Year homily
Philippines: Archbishop speaks out against president in New Year homily

Archbishop Socrates Villegas president of the Philippine bishops' conference, spoke out against President Duterte for supporting the proposed revival of the death penalty and for the spate of drug-related killings in Philippines. In his New Year's Eve homily, Archbishop Villegas said: "If the law for the re-imposition of death penalty is approved by Congress, the president of the Philippines will kill people, mostly indigents who cannot afford to pay lawyers in their judicial fight specially those accused in drug pushing and other crimes."

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 South Korean bishops renew campaign against capital punishment
South Korean bishops renew campaign against capital punishment

The Catholic bishops' conference of South Korea, is renewing its opposition to the death penalty with an awareness-raising campaign utilizing media, education and cultural events. The Subcommittee for the Abolition of Capital Punishment held its annual plenary and talked about how to further promote the church's stance on the death penalty to Korean society. The subcommittee will campaign against capital punishment by publishing op-eds and articles by respected individuals from the church and other organizations including secular ones.

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Philippines: Not legal, but  the 'death penalty' is being used daily
Philippines: Not legal, but the 'death penalty' is being used daily

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Rep Fredenil Castro want to bring back the death penalty in the Philippines as a deterrent to crime. It can be said that the death penalty is already effectively and practically in force daily. As many as ten suspects are killed daily in the war on illegal drugs. Some are killed in what is said to be police shoot-outs. Others are the work of vigilante death squads. They bind the hands and feet of the victims, gag them with tape and shoot them and leave them in a public place with a crude sign saying, "I am a pusher" or

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Pope reaffirms Church rejection of death penalty
Pope reaffirms Church rejection of death penalty

In a video message to participants of the Sixth World Conference Against the Death Penalty, taking place this week in Oslo, Norway Pope Francis has strongly reaffirmed the Catholic Church's rejection of the death penalty. The Holy Father said: "The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is an auspicious occasion for promoting worldwide ever more evolved forms of respect for the life and dignity of each person. It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal."

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US Comboni Sisters campaign against death penalty
US Comboni Sisters campaign against death penalty


Religious leaders from across the State of Virginia gathered at the statehouse yesterday (Monday 18 April) to urge lawmakers to reject a secrecy amendment added to the 'electric chair' bill by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

All faith leaders who spoke during the conference share a common belief that the death penalty is wrong and ineffective. Sister Ilaria a Comboni Missionary Sister who was one of the speakers said: "There is no valid path or less gruesome way to deliver the death penalty.

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Reflection: Antonin Scalia's death and the death penalty
Reflection: Antonin Scalia's death and the death penalty

Over the last few days we have been subjected to a non-stop laudatory commentary via US corporate media on Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13, 2016. So be it. People can say what they want, or what they are paid to say as they wish. For my part I only wish Antonin Scalia, a fellow Christian and human being, the best in his future existence. The glitterati of Washington's political and media society fought like the devil to get a ticket into the Immaculate Conception Basilica for his Catholic funeral liturgy.

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Pope Francis: Christians are called to work to abolish death penalty
Pope Francis: Christians are called to work to abolish death penalty

"All Christians and people of good will are called to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty," but also to improve conditions in prisons, out of respect for the human dignity of prisoners, Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square after the Angelus on Sunday. In particular, the Holy Father appealed "to the consciences of government leaders" that they might join the "international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty" - and spoke directly to Catholic leaders, asking them, as a "courageous and exemplary act," to not

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US Bishops welcome 19th state to abolish death penalty
US Bishops welcome 19th state to abolish death penalty

The repeal of the death penalty in Nebraska represents a further step in the building of a culture of life, said the chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G Wenski of Miami. Nebraska becomes the 19th state to abolish the death penalty since it was reinstated in the United States in 1976. Archbishop Wenski also expressed the Church's prayerful solidarity with those impacted by violence and attacks on human life, and for the many families profoundly impacted by senseless acts of violence.

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Pope: death penalty is inadmissible no matter how serious the crime
Pope: death penalty is inadmissible no matter how serious the crime

Pope Francis repeated the Catholic Church's total opposition to the death penalty today, during his audience with a delegation from the International Commission against the Death Penalty. Extracts from the letter the Pope gave to Federico Mayor, president of the Commission, follow. "I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some reflections on what the Church contributes to the humanistic efforts of the Commission. The Church's Magisterium, based on the Sacred Scripture and the thousand-year experience of the People of God, defends life from conception to natural end,

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Holy See Envoy to UN renews call for end death penalty
Holy See Envoy to UN renews call for end death penalty

In his address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, yesterday, the Holy See's Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi called for the abolition of the death penalty in countries that still use it, and urged them to find more humane alternatives. The full text of Archbishop Tomasi's intervention follows: ... The position of the Holy See on this issue has been more clearly articulated in the past decades. In fact, twenty years ago, the issue was framed within the proper ethical context of defending the inviolable dignity of the human person and the role of the legitimate authority to defend in a just manner the common good of society.

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US Catholic Church welcomes Court decision to review protocols for use of lethal injection
US Catholic Church welcomes Court decision to review protocols for use of lethal injection

..“I welcome the Court’s decision to review this cruel practice,” said Archbishop Thomas G Wenski of Miami. “Our nation has witnessed through recent executions, such as occurred in Oklahoma, how the use of the death penalty devalues human life and diminishes respect for human dignity. We bishops continue to say, we cannot teach killing is wrong by killing.” The Court’s decision to consider the case of Glossip v Gross, brought by three death row inmates in Oklahoma, comes after several lethal injection executions were botched, including that of Clayton D Lockett in Oklahoma.

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Pope calls for abolition of death penalty;  end to inhuman prison conditions
Pope calls for abolition of death penalty; end to inhuman prison conditions

Pope Francis called on all men and women of good will to fight for the abolition of the death penalty, in “all of its forms” and for the improvement of prison conditions. In an address to members of the International Association of Criminal Law, he also addressed the need to combat human trafficking and of corruption and stressed that the enforcement of legal penalties must always respect human dignity. In a passionate discourse to Jurists assembled in the Vatican for a private audience, Pope Francis said that the life sentence is really 

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America gradually turning away from death penalty
America gradually turning away from death penalty

A new poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News shows that, for the first time in the poll's history, a majority of Americans choose life when given a choice between the death penalty and life in prison. In the poll 52% of people chose life in prison as the preferred punishment, while 42% favoured the death penalty. However on the straight question "Do you support the death penalty?", 61% continue to support the death penalty. Sister Helen Prejean, whose story was told in the film 'Dead Man Walking' has welcomed 

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Philippines: Bishops say no to return of death penalty
Philippines: Bishops say no to return of death penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines today (2 July 2014) reiterated its opposition to the restoration of the death penalty. In a statement the Bishops quote the Gospel passage in which Jesus says: 'I came that they may have life, and have it to the full' . "Our posture cannot be otherwise" they said. They go on to explain that opposition to the death penalty is also completely justifiable on non-religious grounds. "Justice does not demand the death penalty. A mature sense of justice steers as  far as possible from

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Pakistan: Asia Bibi, new hearing on 26 March
Pakistan: Asia Bibi, new hearing on 26 March
After two postponements, the appeal for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman unjustly accused and sentenced to death for blasphemy is set for Wednesday 26 March. Christian lawyer Naeem Shakir, head of her defense team is preparing the points of the defense with the aim to prove that "the charges against her have always been false". The trial has been postponed twice and the Court administration has been on strike  recently, but the lawyer says he has "high hopes" for Wednesday's hearing. Meanwhile, he said, Asia Bibi is in the women's prison in Multan
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Prison bans pastor from visiting Troy Davis before execution
Prison bans pastor from visiting Troy Davis before execution
Troy Davis has been executed in Georgia. He was convicted of murder 22 years ago but always maintained his innocence.  He was 42. The condemned man’s pastor, Rev Raphael Warnock, was not allowed to visit him during his final hours. No explanation was given. He said:  “We wanted to do a pastoral visit, to offer comfort and last rights if you will, to pray. It's another insult to this injustice."
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UK: public petitions government on death penalty
UK: public petitions government on death penalty
The issue of the death penalty is the subject of around  40 epetitions on the UK Government’s new website,  and a call for reinstatement is being supported by at least one national newspaper.  If petitions gain more than 100,000 signatures the topic could be debated in the House of Commons. So far, however, the most signed e-petition on the subject is one introduced by Martin Shapland
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India: bishops welcome court decision not to execute killer of missionary
India: bishops welcome court decision not to execute killer of missionary
The Indian Bishops Conference have welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to reduce the sentence of the death penalty to life imprisonment for Dara Singh, the man responsible burning alive the Australian Catholic missionary  Graham Steines and his two young sons in Orissa in 1999.
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