Death Penalty
“All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty.”
Pope Francis in October 2014
OVER 1.5 million incarcerated people in our country make up a huge, hidden, voiceless population.  It is time to examine the issue of retributive justice versus restorative justice.
Ohioans to Stop Executions  (OTSE)  was co-founded by the Catholic Conference of Ohio in 1988 and has primarily focused on raising awareness about state executions.  Now OTSE and its allies are taking advantage of new opportunities to slow the pace of executions and stop new death sentences.    Check out OTSE website.
CITIES FOR LIFE DAY    is celebrated every  year on November 30.  It is a worldwide initiative that supports theabolition of the death penalty.    The Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now part of Italy) was the first civil state in the world to abolish torture and capital punishment on November 30, 1786.  On Cities for Life Day, more than 1600 cities and towns in the world illuminate a symbolic monument to show their commitment to the abolition of the death penalty.
Hopefully Ohio cities will be able to participate in the near future.Check out CMN website  and  sign up for your own monthly copy at:

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