Commission Continues Good Friday Death Penalty Vigil

Monday 11 April 2011

For the fourth year, Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission will hold a Good Friday prayer vigil for those on death row at Christ the King Catholic Church, Churchill Street, Graceville.

The vigil, which will be held at noon, will be an opportunity for Christians to offer prayer support for all those facing execution around the world, for their families and for all victims of crime.

While prayers will be offered for all on death row around the world, special focus will be given to the three Australians on death row in Bali, Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and Scott Rush, whose family is a part of the parish where the vigil will be held.

Prayers will also be offered for the Nigerian man, Titus Ani, who shares a cell with the Australians and for whom the Corinda-Graceville Parish provides special support.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the three Australians in Bali have been waiting for a long time for the outcome of their final appeals to the Indonesian Supreme Court.

“All three men lodged their appeals soon after the middle of last year and there is still no word on a decision,” Mr Arndt said.

“This is a very difficult time for these men who are detained in overcrowded conditions in Bali,” he said.

“It is also a time of immense anguish and pain for their parents and families,” he said.

“As we remember Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, we remember all those who suffer in our world today,” he said.

“God’s love brought to birth new life out of Jesus’ death,” he said.

“We pray in great hope that God’s love will also end the pain and suffering of those on death row and of all those who love them,” he said.

All are welcome to join the vigil.

For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.

NB  This release is issued with the approval of the Commission or its Executive under the provision of its Mandate which enables it to speak in its own right.  The views expressed in it do not necessarily represent the views of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

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