Pope Franics Opposes Death Penalty
“The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation”. – September 24, 2015 Address to U.S. Congress.
Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda has introduced House Bill 4015 to end Florida’s use of the death penalty
HB 4015 – Death Penalty
Deletes provisions providing for death penalty for capital felonies; deletes associated provisions, including provisions relating to representation in death penalty cases, capital collateral representation, jurors in capital cases, prohibiting imposition of death sentence on defendant with mental retardation, determination of whether to impose sentence of death or life imprisonment for capital felony or capital drug trafficking felony, issuance of warrant of execution, stay of execution of death sentence, proceedings when person under sentence of death appears to be insane, proceedings when person under sentence of death appears to be pregnant, grounds for death warrant, execution of death sentence, prohibition against reduction of death sentence as result of determination that method of execution is unconstitutional, sentencing orders in capital cases, regulation of execution, transfer to state prison for safekeeping before death warrant issued, return of warrant of execution issued by Governor, sentence of death unexecuted for unjustifiable reasons, & return of warrant of execution issued by Supreme Court. Effective Date: July 1, 2016 Last Event: Filed on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:31 AM
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PCF 2015 Assembly & Action
Called to Act: Campaign Nonviolence
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Please view this eye-opening video , Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars and then join Pax Christi Florida members and other peace people around the world in signing the important petition found below calling on President Obama and General Martin Dempsey, Joint Chief of Staff to stop unmanned drone attacks against suspected terrorists. We cannot be silent!
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PCUSA’s Advent 2015 Resource
This year’s Advent theme is human rights and global restoration and is written by Pax Christi USA’s Teacher of Peace, Rev. John Rausch, glmy and Nelson Araque, Catholic Climate Ambassador.
Pax Christi USA’s Advent booklet has been one of its best-selling resources since it’s introduction in the mid-Eighties. It is an excellent resource for individual and small group reflection.
The Advent 2015 reflection booklet will be available for pre-orders beginning July 8, 2015 through September 17, 2015. An electronic sample of the booklet will be available at that time.
BOOKS WILL ARRIVE IN THE FALL — BUT PRE-ORDER NOW THROUGH SEPT. 17TH TO ENSURE YOU GET YOUR COPY. TO ORDER, CLICK HERE.
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she moves me
blogging for mother earth
PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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