PARIS (Reuters) – The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68.
Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back.
Catholic-Muslim dialogue has led to extensive ties of friendship and cooperation in recent decades in France, but enthusiasm for interreligious contacts seems to be waning and some younger religious leaders from both faiths question its usefulness and even show some hostility, according to Catholic and Muslim speakers at a conference in Paris.
Hans Küng, Roman Catholicism’s best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent – assisted suicide.
Küng, now 85 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, writes in the final volume of his memoirs that people have a right to “surrender” their lives to God voluntarily if illness, pain or dementia make further living unbearable.