Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote a letter to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on behalf of Pope Francis, requesting that Fallin commute the death sentence of Richard Glossip. Glossip was sentenced to death for allegedly hiring a co-worker to kill Barry Van Treese, their boss.
Glossip’s execution is currently scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, September 30th. After new evidence had been uncovered suggesting Glossip’s innocence, the execution had been delayed for two weeks only hours before the original date.
The Pope’s letter references Pope John Paul II’s claim that capital punishment was allowable only in circumstances that were “very rare, if not practically non-existent.”
“Together with Pope Francis, I believe that a commutation of Mr. Glossip’s sentence would give clearer witness to the value and dignity of every person’s life, and would contribute to a society more cognisant of the mercy that God has bestowed upon us all,” Viganò writes.
Pleas from Pope Francis were not enough to halt the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, who was executed in Georgia earlier Wednesday in Georgia.
The full letter is below, courtesy KWTV-News 9’s Justin Dougherty.
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