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Cardinal Schoenborn: Pope knows of upcoming Texas execution

The execution chamber at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. - AFP

The execution chamber at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. - AFP

18/01/2016 14:10

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Christopher Schoenborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, said on Monday that Pope Francis is informed about and following the situation of Richard Allen Masterson, a death row inmate in Texas who is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday.

“Richard has been waiting 12 years for his execution,” Cardinal Schoenborn said. “It is frightening: To be executed tomorrow.”

Cardinal Schoenborn was speaking during a press conference presenting the European Apostolic Congress on Mercy, taking place from 31 March to 4 April in Rome, as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.

The Cardinal spoke about the work done by the Sant’Egidio Community and others in showing the “merciful heart of Jesus” to those who have been condemned to death.

Masterson was convicted in the 2001 murder of Shane Darin Honeycutt.

18/01/2016 14:10