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Pope Francis Asks Georgia To Spare Death Row Inmate’s Life

Pope Francis, through his representative Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has asked for a commutation of Kelly Gissendaner's death sentence, which is scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Pope Francis, through his representative Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has asked for a commutation of Kelly Gissendaner's death sentence, which is scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Credit Pope Photo: Pietro Naj-Oleari / Georgia Department of Corrections, European Union 2013 - European Parliament
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Pope Francis, through his representative Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has asked for a commutation of Kelly Gissendaner’s death sentence, which is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

The letter, written to Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles, asks for the board to “commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy.” The board met Tuesday morning to reconsider clemency for Gissendaner.

Gissendaner’s execution is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. She¬†faces the death penalty for her role in killing her husband in 1997. She is currently the only woman on Georgia’s death row.

You can read the full letter below.

Apostolic Nunciature Letter