Kristen Whitney Daniels is a freelance reporter and former Bertelsen intern for NCR. After graduating from Quinnipiac University, she moved to Los Angeles for the St. Joseph Worker and AmeriCorps program. Following her service year, Kristen worked as a case manager for homeless seniors. She has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and Beyond Type 1, a community devoted to type one diabetics.

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Death penalty opponents welcome Pope Francis' catechism revision

With capital punishment called "inadmissible," activists see an end to "any remaining ambiguity about the Church's teaching against the death penalty" — and they hope for action.

Pennsylvania state commission scrutinizes flaws in death penalty

A 270-page report, released June 25, outlined recommendations to address problems with capital punishment, which the commission ultimately called "unnecessary."

US Supreme Court denies hearing Arizona death penalty case

Hidalgo v. Arizona questions state's broad definition of death-eligible first-degree murder, but justices say there was not enough evidence work done at the lower court level. Activists had looked to Hidalgo case as having potential to end capital punishment in the U.S.

'Created Equal' film uses women's ordination to address broader societal, legal issues

In recent years, the movie industry hasn't shied away from Catholicism — mostly seen through the lens of the sex abuse scandal. However, a new film seeks to expand the discussion on injustices in and outside the church.