USA    BISHOP ASKS CLINTON TO PROPOSE A SUSPENSION OF FEDERAL EXECUTIONS
US Catholic Bishops conference President Bishop Joseph Fiorenza has urged President Clinton to propose a suspension of all federal executions.
   The request was made by Bishop Fiorenza following Governor George Ryan's step to stop executions in the State of Illinois until death penalty proceedings be revised.
   "As you know, the Catholic bishops in the United States have long called for an end to the death penalty," Bishop Fiorenza said in his letter, in which he asks the president to use his office "to put a stop to this brutal and unnecessary punishment".
   Recalling Pope John Paul II' constant call in favour of life, Fiorenza said that recent statements by the Holy Father "demonstrate his continuing conviction that there are better ways to protect society that are more in keeping with the dignity of all people, even those who have taken the life of another".
   
EWTN 14/2/00

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