christians around the world protest against death penalty - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
December 1, 2004

Christians around the world protest against death penalty

-1/12/04

Christians joined in protests against the death penalty yesterday as monuments in more than 300 cities around the world were illuminated.

Stefania Tallei, head of the Sant Egidio Community's Anti Death Penalty Campaign told Fides news service the project began in Rome in 2002.

She said: "We lit up the Colosseum to increase awareness on the problem of the death penalty all over the world. Since then every year on November 30 monuments in many parts of the world, are illuminated to encourage as many people as possible to join our campaign.

In Rome the day was marked by a meeting at the Palazzo Leopardi in Trastevere, followed by a march through the streets to the Colosseum.

November 30 is the historic date on which the Grand Duchy of Tuscany abolished the death penalty in 1786. On that date ahead of his times, Grand Duke Leopoldo passed a law to abolish torture and the death penalty.

Christians around the world protest against death penalty

-1/12/04

Christians joined in protests against the death penalty yesterday as monuments in more than 300 cities around the world were illuminated.

Stefania Tallei, head of the Sant Egidio Community's Anti Death Penalty Campaign told Fides news service the project began in Rome in 2002.

She said: "We lit up the Colosseum to increase awareness on the problem of the death penalty all over the world. Since then every year on November 30 monuments in many parts of the world, are illuminated to encourage as many people as possible to join our campaign.

In Rome the day was marked by a meeting at the Palazzo Leopardi in Trastevere, followed by a march through the streets to the Colosseum.

November 30 is the historic date on which the Grand Duchy of Tuscany abolished the death penalty in 1786. On that date ahead of his times, Grand Duke Leopoldo passed a law to abolish torture and the death penalty.

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