Catholic Churches Hold Prayer Vigils Across Florida in Advance of Paul Howell Execution

Tonight the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee will hold prayer vigils against the death penalty in five locations throughout Florida, in protest of tomorrow’s scheduled execution of Paul Howell.

Church members will meet at  7 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola, St. Mary Parish in Fort Walton Beach, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Panama City and St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in DeFuniak Springs.

The vigils will, according to the Diocese’s website, “allow time for prayer for the victims of crime, for the families of those involved, and to seek to more deeply understand the teachings of the Church on the death penalty as it relates to the dignity of human life.”

The church’s notice outlines their opposition to the death penalty, stating:

“The Church’s commitment to the value and dignity of human life leads us to oppose the use of the death penalty. We do not question society’s duty to protect itself, but we believe that there are better approaches to protecting our people from violent crimes. The application of the death penalty has been discriminatory toward the poor, the indigent and racial minorities. Capital punishment contributes to the escalating atmosphere of violence in our society and undermines belief of the inherent worth and dignity of human life.”

Howell was convicted of the 1992 death of Florida state trooper Jimmy Fulford. Fulford was performing a routine traffic stop on Interstate 10 when he opened a package that contained a pipe bomb.

He is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. ET by lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Related Reading: 

Tomorrow’s Execution of Paul Howell Raising Questions About Florida’s Death Penalty

Florida Justices Asked to Stay Feb. 26 Execution of Paul Howell

Attorneys Fight to Stall Paul Howell’s Execution


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2 thoughts on “Catholic Churches Hold Prayer Vigils Across Florida in Advance of Paul Howell Execution

  1. CNCP says:

    Howell has received a temporary stay.

  2. Praise God! I have been praying all weekend. I’m joining you in prayer from Indiana. Thank you for posting this invitation to the prayer vigil, and also for the update. Please share more information about how to be an advocate for human life.

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