Campaign Targets Death Penalty in Japan

TOKYO, FEB. 7, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Japanese Catholics have begun a series of initiatives to raise public awareness about the ethical questions posed by the death penalty, which this country still uses.

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Bishops have announced that they will publish a document on this issue. The initiative will be complemented by a touring exhibition of pictures drawn by individuals condemned to die, and a symposium next June in Tokyo´s Catholic Sophia University.

The campaign began Jan. 31 with a conference addressed by American Sister Helen Prejean, author of «Dead Man Walking,» which Hollywood has turned into a movie.

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