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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- "Restore Justice! Encounter, Compassion and Hope: A Conference on #RestorativeJustice" Nov 21st. Mark your calendars! http://t.co/KSwwZbNhl5 about 15 hours ago
- Today, #Texas plans to execute Lisa Ann Coleman by lethal injection. Please join us in prayer and work to end the #deathpenalty. about 18 hours ago
- Civic, religious leaders ask Nixon to convene probe into #deathpenalty case http://t.co/LXjn5YsrCB about 1 day ago