The Justice Department plans to execute five people in the coming weeks. The planned executions pose a challenge to Attorney General Bill Barr’s adherence to Catholic teachings, which oppose the death penalty.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN,- NOVEMBER 2 – Left to right, Jodi Sandlin lit some of the more than 100 candles for loved ones of parish members who have died as Cece Ryan lit a candle in remembrance of those who died of Covid-19 during an All Souls Day service at St Bridget Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, November 2, 2020. These candles were for people who have died over the years. (Photo by Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via Getty Images)