In his intervention Carlo Santoro of Sant'Egidio has quoted the recent words of the Pope who encouraged the legislators to commit themselves to a global abition of the death penalty.
Carlo has rememberred his participation to the first journey of hope was in 1998 where he had gone for visiting Dominique Green and other people on death row.
Texas too has changed a lot in these years. This year for the 1st time in Texas there were no death sentences. The situation in the US changed so much, too. SC Judge Scalia, a fierce conservative supporter of the capital punishment has recently declared that he is afraid that the death penalty could finish soon.
Carlo has explained the initiative of Citied for Life in the world and has invited all the participants to commit themselves and to find new Cities for Life and has stated that to debate about the death penalty is a good, useful and effective way to talk about the violence which is spread in our society and all over our cities.
He expressed his concern for the large circulation of guns, particularly among the young generations, as the recent slaughters on the universities demonstrate.
It is necesary to disarm the hearts first, starting everyone from his own, but it is also necessary to abolish the guns. It is clear there are too many guns it is so easy to get one and all those who have a gun, can use it.
The use of guns is strictly connected to the death penalty, as he remarked.
The death penalty doesn't work and it is time to abolish now.
As the Pope says often, we have to rebel to the culture of waste and every life is sacred and cannot be refused. This is true also for the penalty. No human life deserves to be rejected.
And the globalization can be considered as a good opportunity for the young generations. Nobody can feel indifferent if another human being is suffering or is going to be executed on the other side of the planet.
Then Carlo presented the book "13 ways of looking at the death penalty" by Mario Marazziti, who has been the cofounder of the World Coalition and in these years he has been one of the most active promoters and leaders for the Campaign for the abolition in the world, with Sr. Helen Prejean.
The book reports the path that led Mario and Sant'Egidio to meet many witnesses who have enriched the experience of the whole Community: people on death row, waiting for the day of the execution like Dominique and Johnny or the "exonerees" like Curtis, murder victims families like Bill Pelke and Marietta Jaeger.