Rome group set to mobilise world against death penalty

As Australia's Van Nguyen prepares to go to the gallows in Singapore one week from today, the Rome-based Community of Sant'Egidio is planning a worldwide effort to abolish the death penalty.

CLICK HEREZenit reports that Mario Marizziti, a leader of the ecclesial movement, called capital punishment "immoral and futile."

This week, at the group's headquarters, Marazziti presented the events that will unite 300 cities worldwide with Rome in defence of the inviolable character of human life.

He said it will be "the largest international mobilisation undertaken up to now" to halt executions in the world.

"We are working to encourage African countries to give up capital punishment and make Africa the second continent, after Europe, to abolish the penalty," Marazziti explained. "We consider the death penalty a great defeat in the culture of life."

Among the mobilisation events, a meeting in Rome on human rights and Africa is planned for Monday, which will be attended by 14 justice ministers of African countries. Most of the ministers are from countries that still have the death penalty.

Other collaborative events will be held in Rome on Wednesday, with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

This year, Liberia became the latest country to abolish the death penalty.

Big Push Against Death Penalty Planned (Zenit 23/11/05)

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Community of Sant'Egidio
World Coalition Against The Death Penalty

Commission urges Catholics act on death penalty (CathNews 23/11/05)
Pell gives details on papal plea for Nguyen (CathNews 21/11/05)
Catholic Students unite to help death row Aussie (CathNews 18/11/05)
Catholics and Buddhists pray to cheat hangman (CathNews 7/11/05)
Centacare Melbourne urges Govt to save Nguyen (CathNews 28/10/05)
Papal intervention for death row drug trafficker (CathNews 25/10/05)

Sant'Egidio spokesman says death penalty legitimizes culture of death (Catholic News Service 23/11/05)
Prayer Vigil for Van Nguyen: Invitation to pray for his "Right To Life" (News from St Ignatius Church in Richmond)
Big push against death penalty planned (The Universe 24/11/05)
Sant'Egidio: Cities Light Up For Life (Vatican Radio English Features 24/11/05, audio - requires Real Player)
Singapore lacks respect for human life - Jesuit (Catholic Weekly 23/11/05)

25 Nov 2005