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Featured Signatories

Culture Editor of America magazine, and Author of numerous books

"I am against the death penalty, the most serious affront to an adult life."

Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, Texas

"I am proud to join my brother bishops and Catholic sisters and brothers in signing this pledge to work for an end to the death penalty in our country. Our faith compels us to speak out on the sacredness of human life, even the lives of those who have committed serious crimes in our society."

Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

"I believe that all human life is sacred and there is no compelling evidence that the death penalty deters violent crime. Too many innocent people have been put to death by the State."

Murder Victim's Family Member

"As the sister of a murder victim, I am fully aware of the pain and hurt that violent death causes for the survivors. As a Christian, I know that inflicting death on another is not the way to break the cycle of pain, but instead extends it."

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Prominent Leaders

President, La Red – National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
Executive Director of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Executive Director, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

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Catholic Bishops

Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida

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Voices of Experience

Murder Victim's Family Member

"As the sister of a murder victim, I am fully aware of the pain and hurt that violent death causes for the survivors. As a Christian, I know that inflicting death on another is not the way to break the cycle of pain, but instead extends it."

Death Row Family Member

"My brother, Louis Castro Perez, was wrongfully convicted for a triple homicide nearly 20 years ago. We continue to have love, faith, hope, mercy, and compassion for not only Louis, but for all men and women across the world who are on death row."

Murder Victim's Family Member

"As a murder victim's family member, I know now that the death penalty does not heal the wounds of our loss. My wife loved life, let that be her legacy."

Death Row Exoneree