Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty
On Monday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine joined six other dioceses in Florida for the International Day of “Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty.” The day is part of an international project spearheaded by the lay Catholic community of Sant’Egidio, based in Italy, to call attention to the need to abolish the death penalty worldwide.
Each year, people in nearly 2,000 cities in more than 89 countries commemorate the day. This year, Cities for Life commemorated with an evening Prayer Service in St. Augustine at the Cathedral Basilica with Father Tom Willis presiding and Deacon Jason Roy as the homilist. Deacon Roy is the Florida Catholic Chaplain for inmates on Death Row and Father Willis is the pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez of St. Augustine is calling on all Catholics to stop what they are doing Monday evening at 6:00 to “Pray for life, pray for mercy and seek reconciliation.”
There are more than 1,988 cities in the world that have declared themselves “Cities for Life” and show their commitment to abolish the death penalty by lighting up cathedrals and other significant religious and civic landmarks – including the coliseum in Rome on November 30.