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Christmas decorations and a small tree frame the Emanuel AME Church after the 2016 federal trial of Dylann Roof (CNS photo/Randall Hill, Reuters)

Bishop Guglielmone asked people to pray for the victims and for Roof’s own conversion

A Minnesota voter exits the polling booth on November 8 (AP)

Many of us voted through gritted teeth. We need to invest our time and effort on building an alternative

A member of the Abolition Action Committee hangs a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington during a 2008 vigil to abolish the death penalty (CNS)

The Supreme Court cases address ‘the brokenness of the judicial system’, say Catholic campaigners

People gather in Anaheim for a demonstration against the death penalty (CNS)

Bishops in California and New Mexico have urged voters to resist attempts to reinstate the death penalty

New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez (CNS)

Republican Gov Susana Martinez said she will push for reinstatement during the 2017 legislative session

A photograph and a file with personal details of Indian priest Fr Tom Unzhunnalil (AP)

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The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in California (PA)

The bishops released a statement to coincide with the launch of the Yes on 62 campaign

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte campaigning earlier this year (AP)

Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his belief that three children should be the maximum number for families

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, centre, president of the Philippines bishops' conference (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope delivered a video message to participants at the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty