Did You Know?

Twenty-five men and no women have 

been executed in the United States in 2018.

3 Killed in France
Three individuals were killed in a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Several others were also injured, including some serious injuries. After several days of searching, police located and killed the shooter when they attempted to bring him in. Police have also stated that they shooting was an act of terror. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for the safety of all in the region.
Protests Continue in France
The Yellow-Vest protests, named after the high-visibility yellow jackets all motorists are required to have in their vehicles, continue in France. The protests initially started on social media, and quickly spread, with initial protests against rising fuel taxes. It has since expanded to include calls for higher wages, lower taxes, better pensions, and easier university entry requirements. The protests have not been completely peaceful. Please pray for the safety of all involved and for those in affected areas. Please pray for a peaceful resolution.
1 Killed in North Carolina
At least one motorist was killed in a heavy snowstorm in North Carolina. Over 300,00 homes also lost power due to the storm. Please pray for the family of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all those affected. Please pray for the quick restoration of power.
5 Killed in Eastern Sudan
A state governor and four others were killed, and several others injured, when a helicopter crashed in eastern Sudan during a landing. The helicopter had crashed into a communications tower. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Italy
Six individuals were killed, and dozens injured, after a stampede during a rap concert. Allegedly, the stampede was caused by someone spraying an irritant substance inside the club where the rapper was performing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Christmas is Coming!
With the holiday season upon us, travel and tempers can be on the rise. Please pray for the safety of all travels and remember to be kind this holiday season!!

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined the governors of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, in issuing a moratorium on executions within their states.  The recently elected Pennsylvania Governor, defended his position, saying the death penalty in the state was a “flawed system” that is “ineffective, unjust, and expensive.”  In accordance with this announcement, Wolf stayed upcoming executions.  

 

Governor Wolf does, however, leave the door open for possible future executions.  Wolf stated that the moratorium will remain in effect until he has “received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2011, and there is an opportunity to address all concerns satisfactorily.”

 

Pennsylvania currently has the fifth largest death row in the nation with 186 inmates.  Since the reinstating executions in 1978, Pennsylvania has only carried out three executions, all voluntary.  Additionally, six people who were on death row have been exonerated since 1978.

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