News Briefing and Comment

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  • 30 Aug 2016

    Prior to the 2010 General Election, I heard a man on a radio phone-in asking, "Why should I pay tax and National Insurance so that other people can claim benefits?"

  • 30 Aug 2016

    On 1 September, churches worldwide will come together to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and to observe the Season of Creation between that day and 4 October, a day for celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Many Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican organisations will join to encourage Christians worldwide to pray and act on ecological issues.

  • 30 Aug 2016

    Five million adults are lacking basic reading, writing and numeracy skills essential to everyday life and being able to find and secure work, according to analysis for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

  • 29 Aug 2016

    The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.

  • 29 Aug 2016

    The  Ministry of Justice has refused to declassify files about its work with Bangladeshi prison guards, as an elderly British journalist enters his fourth month of detention without charge.

  • 29 Aug 2016

    New statistics have been published showing how many asylum claims the UK has received in the first half of 2016. The figures also show how many asylum seekers have been granted refugee protection and from which countries people have fled.

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Ekklesia is delighted to be involved in more events and discussions than ever before at the 216 Greenbelt Festival, which brings Christians and others together to look at how the world is being, an

  • 27 Aug 2016

    Ekklesia author Savi Hensman will shed more light on how the church grapples with issues of sexuality and social change when she speaks at the Greenbelt Festival today.

  • 26 Aug 2016

    The Electoral Reform Society  is to aunch a major report into the conduct of the EU referendum next Thursday (1September 2016).

  • 26 Aug 2016

    In a letter issued on 25 August 2016, addressed to the Rev Luca Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the General Secretary of the WCC  offered “heartfelt condolences to the people who lost family members and friends.” The letter follows the massive earthquake,  which hit central Italy in the morning hours of 24 August.

  • 25 Aug 2016

    France's failure to overturn a ban on the 'burkini' which promotes the humiliation of women, would be a missed opportunity to end an assault on women's freedoms, said Amnesty International as France's highest administrative court considers a challenge to the ban.

  • 25 Aug 2016

    Christian Aid and its partners have warmly welcomed the announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group. They also urge the government to ensure implementation of the agreement and dismantle paramilitary groups as a matter or priority, to guarantee lasting peace.

  • 24 Aug 2016

    The legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympics has been one of police killings and the suppression of peaceful protest, said Amnesty International as the Games concluded over the weekend.

  • 24 Aug 2016

    More than a million families with a household income below £30,000 are in extreme debt, and ongoing wage stagnation is making the problem worse, according to a new report published yesterday by the TUC and UNISON.

  • 23 Aug 2016

    Caritas Social Action Network, the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has commented on an important report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on deep-rooted racial inequality in the UK.