Life and Death

  • 18 Apr 2013

    “Lying here, she is one of us, subject to the common destiny of all human beings”. Speaking at
    Margaret Thatcher's funeral yesterday (17 April) , the Bishop of London reminded us of what a funeral is actually about.

  • 13 Apr 2013

    That a politician as divisive as Margaret Thatcher should polarise opinion in death is probably not surprising. Unfortunately, responses on both sides of the divide have done little but entrench bitterness and have pointed yet again to the sterile confrontationalism of so much of our politics.

  • 11 Apr 2013

    The global trend towards ending the death penalty continued last year, said Amnesty as it released new figures on executions and death sentences.

  • 1 Apr 2013

    The execution of three men in Kuwait today (1 April) - the first in the country for nearly six years - has been condemned as a “deplorable setback” for the country.

  • 21 Mar 2013

    One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies has taken steps to ensure its drugs cannot be used to carry out executions by lethal injection.

  • 20 Mar 2013

    The court of appeal will decide today at 2pm whether a man called 'L' can take over the late Tony Nicklinson's claim to establish a 'right to die'.

  • 15 Mar 2013

    A new survey indicates that blood and organ donation is not sufficiently encouraged by UK churches as part of their committed Christian giving.

  • 9 Feb 2013

    The execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru in India indicates a disturbing and regressive trend towards executions shrouded in secrecy, says Amnesty International.

  • 7 Feb 2013

    A report on why Mid Staffordshire hospital failings went unchecked for so long makes important points. Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry, avoided the temptation to blame all that went wrong on a few people who could then be punished, or call for yet another round of reorganisation. Instead he revealed disturbing flaws in the culture of the NHS and other agencies linked with health and social care.

  • 4 Feb 2013

    Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is encouraging church members to call on federal legislators to address gun violence in the USA.