As Catholics, we are called to live with justice and mercy and uphold the value of all life. Our Catechism states that the death penalty is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" (2267).

The death penalty violates both the Church’s pro-life teaching and the teaching on the inherent dignity of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God. Not only does the death penalty target innocent life, but also those with mental illness, intellectual disability and people of color. It also redirects funds that could be used to help victims families harmed by violence heal.

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CMN's executive director, Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, and director of communications, Katlyn Toelle, pose for a picture with ISN staff and the award.

Catholic Mobilizing Network was honored to receive the “Legacy of the Martyrs Award” from Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) at their annual award event, Ignite: A Celebration of Justice, in New York City on May 10, 2023.