Catholic Church campaigns against death penalty

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Published: Oct. 23, 2016 at 11:23 PM CDT
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Local leaders in the Catholic Church Monday hosted the first of a series of events to express opposition to the death penalty. Omaha Archbishop George Lucas launched Catholic Voices Against the Death Penalty at the Saint Cecilia Cathedral Parish Center.

Exonerated death-row inmate Joe D'Ambrosia spent 20 years on Ohio's death row for a murder he didn’t commit. He told parish members Monday if it can happen to him, it can happen to anybody.

"There's 156 exonerees in the United States. Men and women. 156 times these people were said to be the murderers. Come to find out they're not. The odds of that are like, one in ten. So why even have it?" said D'Ambrosia.

Rod Edwards with Nebraskans for the Death Penalty said voters should look no further than the 10 men on death row in Nebraska.

"There is absolutely no doubt as to their guilt. We can tell the difference between the innocent life of an unborn baby and the most vicious of killers. And, these people deserve the harshest form of our punishment for that."

Catholic Voices Against the Death Penalty have speeches planned in Lincoln and Grand Island.