Archbishop Gregory has made a statement in response to the execution of Kelly Gissendaner:

“Sorrow. We feel sorrow that another individual’s life has been taken. Sorrow that another family has suffered the loss of a loved one. Sorrow that our nation continues to feel that it must impose this type of penalty. But we also feel hope that other jurisdictions will remove the death penalty. Nineteen states thus far have removed the death penalty. We certainly would hope that Georgia would consider that as a reasonable and merciful option.”

A letter on behalf of Pope Francis, as well as a letter from Archbishop Gregory, was sent to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles appealing for the life of Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate in Georgia. Please see the letters below:

Press Conference on September 29, 2015

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