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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
World Agenda: Berlusconi needs the Vatican more than the Vatican needs him
Pope Benedict XVI had a message for sinners at his weekly audience today: they will be protected by God, but only if they “radically change their way of life” and renounce the vices of this world in favour of “humility, austerity and eternal values”.
Archbishop of York appoints 'delectable' political blogger Kerron Cross as PR man
The Archbishop of York has employed a political blogger as his new PR man after advertising the job on Twitter.
The Bishop of Rochester farewell interview
The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, spoke of the dangers facing the Church of England and British society in a final interview published in The Daily Telegraph last week.
New International Version of Bible to be rewritten after row over politically correct language
A best-selling edition of the Bible is being rewritten after attempts to make it more politically correct ended in ridicule.
Peace & War
China prepares to show off nuclear missiles
China will parade five new missiles in a show of military prowess on the 60th anniversary of Communist Party rule.
Pakistan 'developing' advanced nuclear technology
Pakistan is developing more advanced nuclear technology, according to a new report, while India has in recent days signalled the need for new tests, marking a growing arms race on the Subcontinent.
Ecology & Environment
Fears for Indian tiger after Chinese green light for sale of animal products
The world’s dwindling population of tigers could be pushed closer to extinction after China quietly approved the sale of products extracted from the endangered animals.
Tory frontbench signs up to 10:10 climate change campaign
Politicians across the spectrum today embraced the 10:10 climate change campaign, with the Conservative party pledging their entire frontbench would sign up.
Crime & Justice
CIA doctors face human experimentation claims
Doctors and psychologists the CIA employed to monitor its "enhanced interrogation" of terror suspects came close to, and may even have committed, unlawful human experimentation, a medical ethics watchdog has alleged.
Economy & Politics
Tories 'would win 96-seat majority at next election'
The Conservatives would win a 96-seat Commons majority at the next general election, according to the latest poll.
Globalisation & Development
More homes for refugees as Europe aims to end people-trafficking
Europe is planning to take more refugees under a common resettlement scheme launched yesterday that aims to end people-trafficking from the world’s conflict zones.
Life & Death
'Body of British hostage' handed over to authorities in Iraq
A body believed to be one of the five British hostages kidnapped in Baghdad was handed over to UK officials there yesterday.
People & Power
Activists Mike Campbell and Ben Freeth’s farms ‘set alight by henchmen’
President Mugabe’s henchmen were accused yesterday of setting ablaze the homes of their opponents after fires consumed the farmsteads of two prominent white activists.
Sex & Gender
Ben and Jerry's renames ice cream Hubby Hubby in celebration of gay marriage
Ben and Jerry's has changed the name of one of its best-selling ice creams to Hubby Hubby, in celebration of the legalisation of gay marriage in its home state of Vermont.