Pope in plea for clemency

POPE BENEDICT XVI and four Roman Catholic bishops in Kentucky asked the US state’s governor to commute the death sentence of an inmate set to be executed on September 16.

Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz of Louisville presented Governor Steve Beshear with a letter written on the Pope’s behalf by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the papal nuncio to the US.

It asks that 53-year-old Gregory L Wilson not be executed because of questions about Wilson’s mental status.

Beshear responded by saying he believes capital punishment is appropriate for some crimes and he found no circumstances for setting aside the sentence after conducting an “exhaustive review” of Wilson’s case.


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