Churches, mosques echo with prayers
Catholics gathered at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral last night to pray for Nguyen Tuong Van, along with people worldwide.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that at St Mary's about 200 people, more than half of them teenagers, heard Fr Michael De Stoop call for an end to the death penalty: "As young people, you who are here in great numbers perhaps sense the injustice of the death penalty."
He said that while the church did not forbid capital punishment, it did speak about the need for it to be used only to protect innocent lives.
The church remained open all night to people wanting to pray for Nguyen, and a second Mass was to be held at 6.45 this morning.
At other churches - including Catholic and Anglican cathedrals in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - services and candlelit vigils were held.
Australian Muslims also offered prayers for the condemned man.
Churches, mosques echo with prayers (Sydney Morning Herald 1/12/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Priest calls for end to death penalty worldwide (ABC Sunshine & Cooloola Coasts Queensland 30/11/05)
300 world cities say 'no' to death penalty (catholicireland.net 30/11/05)
Ned Kelly would turn in his grave (Herald-Sun 1/12/05)
Terrified walk to a long-drop execution (Daily Telegraph 1/12/05)
Meet your killer: final hours of the condemned man (Sydney Morning Herald 1/12/05)
'He's ready to die a good death' (The Age 1/12/05)
31 Dec 2005