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‘Cities for Life’ light up against the death penalty

Seven South Florida churches will host prayer services as part of international event


MIAMI | On November 30, various parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami will take part in the International Day of Cities for Life / Cities Against the Death Penalty. This annual event has been spearheaded by the lay Catholic community of Sant'Egidio since 2002. Over 2,000 cities across the globe have declared themselves “Cities for Life,” committed to the abolition of the death penalty and a more civil form of justice.

Specific efforts vary by location, but many cities take part by lighting up major historical, religious or civic monuments. In turn, those illuminated monuments become symbols that represent the commitment to creating a world without the death penalty.

November 30 coincides with the anniversary of the first death penalty abolition in history, which occurred in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Italy, in 1786.

All are invited to attend an event in their area. At the following South Florida churches, Detention Ministry volunteers will lead a Rosary for Life after Mass, praying the Sorrowful Mysteries for an end to the use of the death penalty in Florida.

  • Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West 7 p.m. Prayer service led by Brenda Callahan.
  • Corpus Christi, 3220 N.W. Seventh Ave., Miami. 7 p.m. Prayer service led by Deacon Edgardo Farias.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe, 11691 N.W. 25 St., Doral. 7 p.m. Prayer service led by Gumersindo Danger.
  • San Isidro, 2310 Hammondville Road, Pompano Beach. 7 p.m. Prayer service led by Margaret Ferrara.
  • St. Andrew, 9950 N.W. 29 St., Coral Springs. 7 p.m. Prayer service led by Gail McLellan.
  • St. Bonaventure, 1301 S.W. 136 Ave., Davie. 7 p.m. Prayer service led by Alfredo Bernal.
  • St. Katharine Drexel, 2501 S. Post Road, Weston. 7 p.m. Prayer service led by William Mejias.