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Connections: Discussing Pope Francis' call for the abolition of the death penalty

Aug 6, 2018

Pope Francis is calling for a worldwide abolition of the death penalty. This represents a shift in Catholic teaching on the issue.

Our panel discusses the impact of the Pope’s new direction on the death penalty, both from a Catholic and general Christian perspective. We also discuss the meaning of life in that context. Our guests:

  • Nancy Rourke, professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius College, and former director of the College's Catholic Studies program
  • Harry Murray, professor of sociology, and coordinator of the Peace and Justice major at Nazareth College
  • Reverend Matthew Martin Nickoloff, pastor of the South Wedge Mission
  • Michael Tomb, criminal justice reform activist
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