The 85-year-old Pontiff made his comments during his meeting with the authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Sakhir Royal Palace.
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Catholic bishops in the US, notably Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, have advocated for individual prisoners on death row this year.
Federal court decision just affirmed constitutionality of capital-punishment protocols in the Sooner State.
While the Obama, Trump, and now Biden administrations have now pushed to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Archdiocese of Boston has repeatedly called for his sentence to be commuted to life without the possibility of parole.
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Archbishop Coakley encouraged those looking to respond to his call to prayer to pray the rosary, spend time in adoration, pray every day explicitly for an end to abortion and capital punishment, and to pray for the respect of all life.
Vaillancourt Murphy said it was “concerning” to see the Biden administration push to execute Tsarnaev, especially considering that President Joe Biden is the “first-ever president to openly oppose the death penalty” while actively serving as president.
In a statement, the Arizona Department of Corrections noted that state law permits death row inmates to choose between dying from lethal injection or gas.
While the Church teaches that capital punishment is not intrinsically evil, both Pope Francis and his immediate predecessors have condemned the practice in the West.
Late last month, Virginia became the latest state to end capital punishment, and more repeals could be on the horizon.