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We as American Catholics were called upon on Good Friday to not only oppose the death penalty but to rebuff a justice system based on expediency and efficiency in favor of a justice system founded on the common good, focused on the healing of the victim, offender, the families and supporters, and all members of our communities. To do this will take great courage. Let us pray together for courage to create peace in our communities through a restorative justice. (excerpt)

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