The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center will be holding an interfaith Prayer Vigil to pray for an end to the use of capital punishment in Ohio. The vigil will be held at Synod Hall, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m. There are currently 143 inmates on death row in Ohio.
In 2015, Pope Francis stated, "Today capital punishment is unacceptable, however serious the condemned's crime may have been. It is an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person which contradicts God's plan for man and for society and for his merciful justice, and it fails to conform to any just purpose of punishment. It does not render justice to the victims, but rather foments revenge."
The Cathedral, along with thousands of other buildings and landmarks worldwide participating in the global "Cities for Life" campaign, will be illuminated the night of November 30 to raise awareness of the call to abolish capital punishment.
"By lighting up the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, the Archdiocese joins communities across the globe in calling for an end to the use of the death penalty," said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. "We will be praying with other local faith-based and community groups who agree that there is no moral or practical reason for our government to take another human life in order to establish justice and safety. We also recommit our outreach to victims' families and friends who have suffered from the terrible actions of offenders. Together, may we shine as a beacon of hope and healing against all violence."
People of all faiths are invited to participate in the Prayer Vigil. The entrance to Synod Hall is near the rear of the Cathedral, facing City Hall. Free parking will be available during vigil hours in the Cathedral parking lot.