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A priest prays with a death-row inmate in 2008 at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Ind. (CNS photo/Tim Hunt, Northwest Indiana Catholic)
FaithShort Take
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
Why is it that so many of us shed tears in remembering Christ’s execution on Good Friday yet condone the state-sanctioned killing of our neighbors throughout the rest of the year?
Demonstrators in Washington rally against the death penalty outside the U.S. Supreme Court building Oct. 13, 2021.
Politics & SocietyNews
Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
The Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a 6-3 vote.
Stock photo of an empty prison cell with the door slightly open.
FaithFeatures
Lyle C. May
“I returned to my Catholic upbringing, professing a faith I did not completely feel, because I was suffering and needed answers from God,” writes Lyle C. May, who is on death row in North Carolina.
Politics & SocietyNews
Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service
“We are grateful that the governor has prevented an irreparable mistake.”
FaithShort Take
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
We must ask ourselves whether executing people on death row is truly a matter of public safety or merely a state-sanctioned tool for exacting the public’s demand for revenge.
Pope Francis is pictured during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2021. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Politics & SocietyFaith and Reason
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
Last year, Pope Francis said, “There can be no stepping back" from the church’s opposition to the death penalty. It is time to put this teaching into action and stop executions in the United States for good.