Press Roundup Tuesday 22 June 2010

By Press Office
June 22, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Religion & Society

Archbishops say Christians should not be 'embarrassed' about converting others
Christians should not feel “embarrassed or awkward” about wanting to convert others to their faith, according to the two most senior clerics in the Church of England.

Archbishops’ compromise deal on women bishops is rejected
A desperate joint effort by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to prevent schism over women bishops was dismissed today by both opponents and supporters of female ordination in the Church of England.

Channel 4 launches five-minute evening religious strand
Channel 4 is launching a new religious strand to be screened daily after Channel 4 News.

I have support of Vatican, says cardinal accused of corruption
An Italian cardinal, caught up in a vast corruption probe that has already tainted the government, said he had done nothing wrong and had the support of the Vatican.

Walter Mixa, German bishop and ally of the Pope, faces new child abuse allegations
A secret Vatican file on a disgraced Roman Catholic German bishop alleges he is a "severely alcoholic man" who sexually preyed on young priests.

Comment: Rowan Williams and the mitre maid
The Church of England definitely believes that women may be priests – and that they may not be. Hilarity ensues.

Comment: The Dalai Lama on violence
The Dalai Lama's message for Armed Forces Day may surprise those who assume him to be a pacifist.

Globalisation & Development

Rights group calls to halt Zimbabwe diamond trade
A leading international human rights group called on the global diamond industry's oversight body today to remove Zimbabwe from its ranks because of alleged illicit trading and abuses in its diamond fields.

South African ad economy gets $200m boost
The advertising economy in South Africa is set to receive a massive $200m (£150m) boost this year as brands such as Nike plough millions into targeting World Cup fans.

Comment: Free markets and famine in Niger
In 2005, free market dogma stopped the government giving out free food to the starving. Are we about to see a repeat disaster?

Peace & War

Anti-war activists to stage budget demos
The Government will face a series of Budget day demonstrations today by groups opposed to public spending cuts and the war in Afghanistan.

Israel urged to do more as Gaza blockade is eased
Israel announced yesterday it would "liberalise" the flow of goods to Gaza in a statement which stopped short of a pledge to allow in raw materials needed to revive the besieged territory's paralysed manufacturing sector.

Israel urges UN to shelve Gaza aid flotilla inquiry
Israel's defence minister has urged the UN to shelve plans for an investigation into the deadly Israeli commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last month.

Economy & Politics

Worker anger at plan to curb increases in minimum wage
The head of one of Britain’s biggest unions expressed fury yesterday that the Government had signalled its willingness to dampen future increases in the minimum wage.

Comment: Whatever they say, the poor will feel the pain
The Government wants to be fair, but today it will have to put its lack of money where its mouth is.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: Whales will be the losers if talks collapse
The IWC row over commercial whaling has pitted purists against pragmatists. Meanwhile, the whales continue to die in agony.

Life & Death

Charity warns of famine in Niger
British aid workers spoke of the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the west African state of Niger, where nearly 400,000 children risk dying of starvation.

People & Power

The Queen is told to tighten her belt as Osborne plans review of Civil List funding
The Queen will today be told to tighten her belt along with the rest of the country in the hardest-hitting Budget for 30 years.

Race & Identity

Comment: Immigration officials are failing victims of domestic violence
The culture of disbelief prevalent among officials shows a lack of understanding of the private nature of domestic violence.

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