September 23 VIGIL opposing the execution of Richard Henyard

Florida’s next execution has been set for September 23rd.

A decision to kill caused this terrible tragedy…
more killing cannot repair the damage done.

As members of Pax Christi Florida witness against the execution of Richard Henyard and all state-sponsored killings, we are deeply sympathetic and ever mindful of the unimaginable pain and suffering which the family of Dorothy Lewis continues to endure. We mourn the loss of her daughters, Jasmine and Jamilya.   Please keep the family and friends of these girls in your thoughts and prayers.

Florida is one of five states that contribute to more than 65% of the nation’s executions.

After a seven-month moratorium executions have resumed in Florida. As Catholics and as citizens of this state, we are compelled to voice our unequivocal opposition to this practice of State sponsored killing.

Florida’s Catholic Bishops have concurred that the death penalty has been discriminatory toward the poor, the indigent and racial minorities. In their position statement released in January 2002, they stated,

“Capital punishment contributes to the escalating atmosphere of violence in our society and undermines belief of the inherent worth and dignity of human life.”

Take Action! Join Pax Christi Palm Beach in an execution vigil in front of the St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral (9500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens) on Tuesday, July 1st from 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. during the execution of Richard Henyard currently scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EST.

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