Death-row experience interweaves lives of priest, man he helped free

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio (CNS) — When Father Neil Kookoothe first met Joseph D’Ambrosio on Ohio’s death row in December 1998, he intended to describe the funeral of the condemned man’s mother. D’Ambrosio would not listen, however. Another inmate had told him the priest had been a lawyer before ordination. Now, D’Ambrosio pleaded for help with…

Georgia executes Kelly Renee Gissendaner

(Vatican Radio) The state of Georgia in the United States has executed Kelly Renee Gissendaner for killing her husband in 1997, the first woman executed in the state in 70 years. The 47-year old woman sang Amazing Grace in the execution chamber, until she was given the lethal injection, which led to her death at…