Karlsruhe formulated a far-reaching right to assisted suicide earlier this year. It is about nothing less than the limits of self-determination. Best-selling author Ferdinand von Schirach has written a play on the subject.

Das Erste has filmed it and will broadcast the drama on 23. November (20.3 p.m.) from. Ulrich Matthes plays the bishop who speaks out against suicide. In an interview with the Catholic News Agency (KNA), Mattes talks about his own stance on the ie.

CBA: Mr. Matthes, are you glad that the suppressed topic of dying is getting more attention again?

Christina Cherry
Balancing act at election time

Mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. are under stress. More conservative members migrate to evangelicals. Divisions loom.

After the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by police officers in Kenosha, Lutherans took the initiative: they invited people to a prayer service in the politically divided city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America saw it as its mission to bring together people from all parts of society.

"A poison that harms us all"

But Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod also took a clear stand. "Racism is a poison that harms us all," Erickson preached to the 200-strong audience wearing masks and keeping a physical distance at the 2. September to Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha to pray for Blake, his family and the city.

Christina Cherry