Press Roundup Thursday 13 August 2009

By Press Office
August 13, 2009

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 and Guardian.

Religion & Society

Catholic officials condemn Italy's record lottery
Catholic officials in Italy have warned their countrymen against worshipping money before God as fever mounts over a lottery prize now worth €131.5m (£113m), the largest ever seen in Europe.

Italy's Catholic church 'mortified' by Silvio Berlusconi's private life
Italy's Catholic church feels "unease" and "mortification" at revelations surrounding the private life of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference has said.

Bishop accused over billions of donations
The founder of one of Brazil's biggest evangelical churches siphoned off billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself, authorities charged.

Catholic priest quits church after announcing he is a father
Father Peter McDonough, a Roman Catholic priest, has quit the Catholic Church after confessing from the pulpit that he has a four-year-old son.

Comment: Giggling for God
Standup comedy descends from preaching; but does it have to be secular? Can the religious laugh at themselves on stage?

Peace & War

Chechnya leaders and rebels to meet for peace talks
A senior member of the pro-Moscow government in Chechnya and an exiled leader of separatist rebels said today they would convene a peace conference as a first step to ending the conflict that has been raging in the republic for 15 years.

Hugo Chavez warns of war in South America
Leftist leaders from Venezuela and Ecuador have angrily denouced a US military presence in Latin America, warning the "winds of war" were blowing across South America.

Crime & Justice

Lockerbie bomber could be freed from prison next week
Preparations are under way to free the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing from prison next week, after doctors said his terminal prostate cancer was in its final stages.

Economy & Politics

Alan Duncan's future in doubt after he is filmed saying 'MPs are treated like s***'
Alan Duncan’s future in the Shadow Cabinet was in the balance last night after he was forced to apologise for claiming that MPs were living on rations because of the expenses row.

People & Power

China calls on West to 'respect' new detention of Aung San Suu Kyi
China urged the international community to respect the extended house arrest imposed on the Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, which has provoked fury from western governments, promises of new sanctions and growing demands for an arms embargo on Burma’s junta.

Race & Identity

Deportees ‘at risk of abuse’
Refugees deported from Britain are at risk of ill-treatment and abuse by immigration officers and security guards, a damning report into the system for removing immigrants and failed asylum seekers has found.

Sex & Gender

Leading gay rights group to wait until 2012 to fight Prop 8
The fight over Prop 8 in California will have to wait, says one gay rights group. The influential Equality California says it will not ask voters to repeal the golden state's ban on same-sex marriage until 2012.

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