REFLECTION: Blessed are the merciful

by Pat Ferrone Pax Christi Massachusetts coordinator Armed only with banners advocating mercy, and signs decrying the death penalty, nonviolent peacemakers from Agape, Pax Christi, Veterans for Peace and elsewhere, regularly stand vigil in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston. In the early morning, a stream of employees, visitors, victims and lawyers pass before us, … Continue reading REFLECTION: Blessed are the merciful

DEATH PENALTY: 20 years after “Dead Man Walking”

by Elizabeth LeFevre, US Catholic 20 years ago marked the publishing of an influential and inspiring book: Sister Helen Prejean’s Dead Man Walking, which documents Prejean’s experiences with a death row inmate that took place 30 years ago. Prejean became a pen pal for a man on death row in Louisiana, eventually meeting him in person, becoming his … Continue reading DEATH PENALTY: 20 years after “Dead Man Walking”