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Church in US firmly opposes death penalty, appeals to God’s mercy (+ audio)

Sun sets behind the federal prison in Terre Haute Indiana AFP or licensorsAs the United States government continues carrying out federal executions after a 17-year hiatus, Archbishop Paul Coakley expresses the Catholic Church’s dedication to opposing the death penalty.

By Devin Watkins

The US Federal Government has carried out five executions so far this year. Two of those took place last week, and two more are scheduled for the end of September.

In response, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has expressed the Church’s opposition to the death penalty in no uncertain terms.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City chairs the USCCB Commission on Domestic Justice and Human Development. He spoke to Vatican Radio about the Church’s position on the death penalty.

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