JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades. The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades.

Pope Francis’ diplomatic representative in the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, on Tuesday sent a letter to the parole board on behalf of the pontiff asking for a commutation of Gissendaner’s sentence “to one that would better express both justice and mercy.” He cited an address the pope made to a joint session of Congress last week in which he called…