Death Penalty

Catholics Against the Death Penalty-Southern California march during the 2017 Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, Calif., in February. (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Kevin ClarkeOctober 16, 2017
“We absolutely welcome the pope’s strong statement on this issue; we welcome the moral clarity and the leadership he is showing.”
Filipinos light candles and hold a placard during a March 8 protest against the death penalty in Manila, Philippines (CNS photo/Mark R. Cristino, EPA). 
Faith Short Take
Helen C. Prejean, C.S.J.October 12, 2017
At last, a clear, uncompromising stance of moral opposition to the death penalty by the highest authority of the church.
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Vatican Dispatch
Gerard O'ConnellOctober 11, 2017
The pope’s comments and the timing of them suggest that a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may be forthcoming to reflect this new development in the church’s understanding.
Politics & Society Short Take
Lisa MurthaJuly 17, 2017
Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die on Wednesday, July 26.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is seen in Alexandria, Va., June 14. (CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA)
Politics & Society News
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced hours before the execution that he would not block the death sentence from being carried out despite appeals from attorneys, mental health advocates and state lawmakers that Morva's mental illness made it impossible for him to distinguish between delusions
Pope Francis leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 10 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)
Faith News
Faith is a journey guided by the Holy Spirit, who helps the church grow in understanding the sinful nature of once-accepted practices like slavery and the death penalty, Pope Francis said.