A white supremacist has been sentenced to death for the racially motivated killings of nine black people at a South Carolina church.
Dylann Roof was convicted last month of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, after opening fire on a Bible study group in 2015.
He remained unrepentant and had told the jury: "I felt like I had to do it and I still feel like I had to do it."
The jurors deliberated for nearly three hours before reaching their verdict.
As Catholics, we wholeheartedly believe in the dignity of every human life. 'No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so.' We pray for the soul of Dylann Roof.
"The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation. A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. . . . I renew the appeal I made . . . for a consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary."
—Pope John Paul II Papal Mass, St. Louis, Missouri, January 27, 1999
Visit this article to read the full story on BBC News.