Pray to End the Death Penalty throughout the World

As Catholics, we are called to live with justice and mercy and uphold the value of all life. The death penalty violates both the Church’s pro-life teaching and the teaching on the inherent dignity of the human person as created in the image and likeness of God. 

Pope Francis’ intention in September for communal prayer around the globe is for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty – a prayer especially poignant here in the United States. Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) is working in collaboration with the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network to spread Pope Francis’ September intention far and wide in the U.S. Pray with us and the Pope to end the death penalty throughout the world!  


Bishop Walkowiak invites Catholics and all people of goodwill around the diocese to join in and help bolster this prayer effort during September and into October, when the Church in the U.S. observes Respect Life Month. Please include this intention in your daily prayers, share on social media, and join in opportunities for (online) communal prayer.

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 9 – Novena for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

From Oct. 1 – 9, join in a novena for the abolition of the death penalty leading up to the World Day Against the Death Penalty on Oct. 10.

The death penalty not only targets innocent life, but also those with mental illness, intellectual disability and people of color. It also redirects funds that could be used to help victims families harmed by violence heal. Whether innocent or guilty, our inherent God-giving dignity can never be removed. Pray with us and all people of goodwill to end the death penalty throughout the world! #MobilizeMercy

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