Life and Death

  • 30 Jul 2011

    In a letter to the Christian Council of Norway, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed support over the terrible killings last week.

  • 26 Jul 2011

    Florida has stayed the execution of Manuel Valle to allow a hearing on whether the use of a new execution drug will cause him unnecessary pain.

  • 23 Jul 2011

    At least 92 people were reported dead in Norway, after a bomb blast and shooting spree on 22 July. There has been an outpouring of sympathy across the world for the victims, many of them young, and their families, and horror at this atrocity.

  • 23 Jul 2011

    A right-wing Christian extremist, 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, has been charged with bomb and gun terror attacks in Norway yesterday.

  • 23 Jul 2011

    Norway has experienced “an unprecedented, horrible level of violence against innocent people,” says the Norwegian head of a world churches' body.

  • 14 Jul 2011

    When it comes to evil, says Alison Jasper, we have a tendency to mystify it - that is reproduce unchallenging representations of it, from the monster in the movie with unclean appetites for human flesh and blood, right through to the 'monstrous perverts' of the tabloid press. Much more careful analysis and understanding is required to discover what lies behind the routine (but often imprecise) label 'evil'.

  • 8 Jul 2011

    WCC member churches have been deeply involved in making churches and theological institutions HIV-competent, says the global ecumenical body.

  • 5 Jul 2011

    The Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, a court in The Hague has ruled.

  • 28 Jun 2011

    Eyewitness reports on the execution of Roy Blankenship in Georgia US on June 201, suggest that the execution, using pentobarbital, may have been botched.

  • 15 Jun 2011

    The Channel 4 footage Sri Lanka war crimes footage showed graphically what happens when ordinary people are regarded as mere pawns who can be sacrificed in a contest between rival commanders, says Savi Hensman, reviewing the evidence. But all human life is precious and such degrading practices must be outlawed