On Monday, over 1000 cities around the world will participate in “World Day of Cities for Life,” which honors the first time that the death penalty was abolished by a government — on November 30, 1786, by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Organized by the Catholic Community of Sant’Egidio of Rome, participation is growing steadily: in 2005, only 300 cities worldwide were participants and now, four years later, the total exceeds 1150.
Cities for Life Day involves each community flooding lights upon a local monument that in some way symbolizes the effort to abolish the death penalty. For example, in Rome the Colosseum is illuminated; in Barcelona they are lighting up the Cathedral Square.
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