Prayer to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Join us as we pray for those who have been executed and
strength for their families.
Light a candle and pray the holy rosary.
Catholic Church Stand on Capital Punishment
On August 2, 2018, the Vatican announced that it had formally changed the official Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty, calling capital punishment "an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person" and deeming it "inadmissible" in all cases.
RESCRIPTUM “EXAUDIENTIASS. MI”
The death penalty
2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.
Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of panel sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitely deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.
Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person", I and she work with determination for its abolition worldwide.
Pope Francis, address to participants in the meeting organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Bew Evangelisation, 11 October 2017:: L'Oseervatore Romano, 13 October 2017, 5.
Let's pray for the abolishment of the death penalty throughout the world.
Archdiocesan Prayer Ministry
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
in Your word I have put my hope. ...
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried:
I hoped in thy word. ...