November 27, 2020

Archbishop Thompson calls for prayer, fasting regarding federal executions

In light of a federal execution carried out on Nov. 19, two scheduled in December, and two more slated for January, Archbishop Charles C. Thompson is asking Catholics in central and southern Indiana during Advent to pray and fast for the victims who have been killed, the families of the victims, and the inmates who face the death penalty.

In his message, the archbishop reflected on the sanctity of all human life.

Indiana’s bishops in October of 2019 issued a statement calling for a renewed moratorium on the death penalty (www.archindy.org/archbishop/deathpenalty2019.html). Archbishop Thompson reiterated the Church’s stance in opposition to the death penalty in June (www.archindy.org/archbishop/deathpenalty2020.html).

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Nov. 17 issued a statement renewing its call to stop executions (www.usccb.org/news/2020/us-bishop-chairmen-renew-call-stop-executions). †

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