“For the Catholic community, this issue — like all life issues — is more than public policy. It involves our faith and the central principle that human life is sacred. Church teaching on the life and dignity of every human person should guide all our decisions about life, including the use of the death penalty. We are called to reflect on what the Lord’s command, ‘You shall not kill’ (Ex 20:13) means for us today. ... It is time to turn away from a deeply flawed system of state-sponsored executions to a way of protecting society and holding accountable the truly guilty in a way that reflects our society’s best values.”
— “A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death,” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2005)
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated by the Catholic Church on March 25 — exactly nine months before the Nativity of the Lord, in December.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit …