UN papal nuncio calls for total disarmament


Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, has called for general and complete disarmament, according to a Vatican Radio report.

Chullikatt told the First Committee of the 68th session of the General Assembly that this moment in history offers the opportunity for the world to get rid of chemical and nuclear weapons. 

Below is the full text of Chullikatt's speech.

Florida bishops say life of death-row prisoner 'sacred,' must be spared


Florida's Catholic bishops on Wednesday urged Gov. Rick Scott "to demonstrate mercy and commute" the death sentence of inmate William Frederick Happ and give him life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Happ, 51, is scheduled to be executed the evening of Oct. 15 at Florida State Prison near Starke.

He has been on Florida's death row for 24 years. Happ was convicted in 1989 in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 21-year-old Angela Crowley of Lauderdale Lakes. He received the death penalty as well as three consecutive life sentences.



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