Texas was without any scheduled executions April 21 after judges intervened in capital punishment cases to allow two men on death row a new opportunity to clear their names.
“For the first time, I’m calling on the legislature to end the death penalty.”
Catholic Mobilizing Network, a group that opposes capital punishment, will host April 7 a virtual prayer vigil for an end to capital punishment as a part of its First Friday prayer series.
More than two-thirds of the world’s countries have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice and 56 nations still retain and implement the death penalty.
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When the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution Dec. 15 to establish a worldwide “moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty,” the United States continued its practice of voting against it.
Counterbalancing Oregon’s move was Oklahoma’s effort to execute 25 death-row inmates in a 29-month span.
Her passion for both the innocent and the guilty on death row — who all have God-given dignity, she points out — has been her driving force ever since she witnessed her first execution in 1984.