In the Catholic Church in the United States, pastoral statements are offered by individual bishops in particular dioceses, state Catholic conferences of bishops, regional synods of bishops, or the national conference (USCCB) when seeking to apply universal church teaching to particular circumstances or issues. In the case of the death penalty, U.S. bishops have often been strong anti-death penalty advocates for persons sentenced to be executed. Often the Holy See (the Vatican) has also advocated on behalf of the condemned. The list below includes more recent papal and episcopal statements relating to Catholic teaching on the death penalty and its application to particular laws and state-sponsored executions.
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- Thousands of #Catholics in #Philippines protested this past weekend about possible reinstatement of #deathpenalty. https://t.co/uUBCd7BNyl about 37 minutes ago
- Great news: bipartisan bill to exempt those with severe mental illness from #deathpenalty was introduced in #Ohio. https://t.co/TQY41UQhRS about 16 hours ago
- A call for #Alabama to halt executions after the last one was botched. https://t.co/rWIp0Vdq4P #deathpenalty about 21 hours ago