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Pope Francis says death penalty encourages revenge, not justice

VATICAN CITY — The death penalty is an affront to human dignity that offers no solace to victims and denies the possibility for conversion...

Arizona bishop Thomas J. Olmsted speaks out against capital punishment: ‘All...

WASHINGTON-- Arizona's Catholic bishops and other Catholic opponents of the death penalty spoke out against the June 8 execution of Frank Atwood, just as...

State Senator Colby Coash supporter of Nebraskans for Alternatives to the...

Choosing a side In the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the saint asks us to make a choice between "the two standards." Using...

Stay of execution for Texas mother Melissa Lucio elicits thanks from...

WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders were thankful that death-row inmate Melissa Lucio was granted a last-minute stay of execution April 25, but they also said...

U.S. Supreme Court rules convicted murderer John Ramirez is entitled to...

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court March 24 ruled in favor of a Texas prisoner who wanted his pastor to pray aloud over him and...

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev subject of U.S. Supreme Court review...

WASHINGTON -- Just two days after this year's Boston Marathon, the Supreme Court revisited the bombing at the 2013 race that killed three people...

Ernest Johnson, executed in Missouri, ‘categorically ineligible for the death penalty,’...

WASHINGTON -- Following the Oct. 5 execution of Ernest Johnson at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri, Catholic opponents of the death penalty...

U.S. death row chaplain receives ‘Guardian of Life’ award from papal...

VATICAN CITY — Death row inmates in Florida’s prisons refer to their 6-foot-by-9-foot cell as their “house,” with some having lived in their “house”...

Electric chair, firing squad added to death penalty methods in South...

WASHINGTON — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill requiring death-row inmates to choose between the electric chair or the...

Boston Marathon bomber will have death penalty case reviewed by Supreme...

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s March 22 announcement that it would hear a government appeal to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber...

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