Press Roundup Tuesday 25 August 2009

By Press Office
August 25, 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 Church welcomes biggest intake for ten years
Thirty-eight men will begin studies this year to enter the priesthood - the highest number for ten years, it was revealed today.

Comment: Sebastian Faulks: The book I really can't put down
Sebastian Faulks apologises if his comments about the Koran have offended Muslims.

Comment: Islam's 'enemy within'
Across the Sunni world, growing fear of Shia influence exposes the cultural schism that exists between the two traditions.

Comment: Science and religion need a truce
Atheists are attacking the idea that science and faith can be compatible, but confrontation won't spread the truth of evolution.

Race & Identity

Human rights watchdog begins legal action over BNP membership policy
The British National Party is facing legal action over claims that its membership restrictions are in breach of racial discrimination laws.

German neo-Nazis beat up black Briton in front of family
A black British man was assaulted in front of his family by three supporters of a German far-right party in Hamburg at the weekend.

Peace & War

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says time is running out for peace
The Palestinian Authority intends to bypass failing peace talks and establish its own de facto state within two years, Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, said.

How settlements in the West Bank are creating a new reality, brick by brick
Continuing our series of exclusive reports, we look at how Israel's growing infrastructure in the region threatens not just the form but the very possibility of a future Palestinian state.

Crime & Justice

CIA 'threatened September 11 suspect's children'
The Obama Administration will launch criminal investigations into brutal Bush-era terror interrogations, after a report last night revealed that operatives threatened to kill the children of a key September 11 suspect and told another that his mother would be sexually assaulted in front of him.

Globalisation & Development

Comment: Help Africa get moving
The G8 summit showcased a political will to help Africa help itself and make its nations equal partners in global governance.

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