Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico is leading a virtual prayer vigil on the afternoon of Aug. 26 ahead of Mitchell’s scheduled execution.
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church is opposed to the use of capital punishment, and states that those who are dying should be given spiritual care.
Bishop Estevez notes that no death row inmate in Florida has been granted clemency since 1983, and with 350 death row inmates, Florida has the largest active death row in the United States.
The Catholic bishops cited Pope Francis’s appeal to end the death penalty in their message to Gov. Rick Scott.