Pope Francis has dedicated the month of September to praying for the global abolition of the death penalty — will you join him?
In this toolkit you will find resources to educate, advocate, and pray for an end to the death penalty — throughout the month of September, and beyond! An accompaniment to the Pope's Prayer Video for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, this toolkit is meant to supplement this dedicated month of prayer which the Holy Father has invited the whole Church to participate in. Whether you are praying individually or with your parish or diocese, this toolkit has something for you.
Novena to End the Death Penalty
Pope Francis' invitation to pray for the abolition of the death penalty throughout the month of September brings us straight into Respect Life Month which is celebrated in October. And on October 10, we celebrate World Day Against the Death Penalty!
CMN invites you to continue the Holy Father's invitation of prayer through the beginning of Respect Life Month by praying the Novena to End the Death Penalty. The Novena will begin on October 1 and conclude on October 9, the day before World Day Against the Death Penalty.
Pledge to Pray with Pope Francis
Invite everyone you know to join in this historic prayer! Pledge to Pray with Pope Francis throughout the month of September for the global abolition of the death penalty.
Prepared Social Media Posts
In this resource you will see an outline of potential posts with recommended graphics, captions, hashtags, and more to be used throughout the month of September, and beyond. Additionally, you will find an outline for a Novena social media campaign to occur from Oct. 1 through Oct. 9, leading up to World Day Against the Death Penalty on Oct. 10. This resource should make sharing this campaign to mobilize mercy easy and accessible to all.
Quote Graphics from the Pope's Prayer Video
Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty
This resource breaks open the Gospel call to build a culture of life through short facts and statements regarding the Church's position on the death penalty. This resource is useful for creating social media posts, captions, and tweets, as well as starting conversations with audiences who may not be aware of the Church's teaching against the death penalty.
Tips for Preaching About the Death Penalty
This new resource is designed for bishops, priests, and deacons who want to identify opportunities to connect the Church's teaching against the death penalty to scripture. In this resource you will find:
- A selection of Scripture passages and Liturgical Feasts that lend themselves towards preaching about the death penalty
- Core Church teachings on the death penalty from the Catholic Catechism, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Pope Francis' papal encyclical, Fratelli Tutti
- Basic facts about capital punishment in the U.S. and where to find information about the death penalty in your state
The Status of the Death Penalty in the United States
This backgrounder provides information on the current landscape of the death penalty in the United States. This resource is useful for those interested in learning more or teaching others about the death penalty in the U.S.
Death Penalty Fact Graphics
The Status of the Death Penalty Around the World
This infographic, produced by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, places the U.S. within the global context of the death penalty. Additionally, this resource outlines what Pope Francis asks of each of us through this prayer intention.
The Prayer to End the Use of the Death Penalty
The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network offers this "prayer of the month" to accompany Pope Francis' intention. "The Prayer to End the Use of the Death Penalty" was written by the USCCB.
The Pope Video Poster
The official promotional poster of the Pope Video includes a QR code to watch the video. Hang this poster in your school, parish, office, or any communal space and invite others to join in this important prayer.
Pope's Prayer Video Script
Read the English translation to the Pope's Prayer Video. This resource may be useful for those who are interested in further breaking-open the Pope's message.
Pope's Prayer Video on YouTube
View the Pope's Prayer Video here.