A selection of stories from the press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced by Ekklesia staff, and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids.
Economy & Politics:
* Fall in long-term immigration to the UK - IB Times. Estimated total long-term emigration from the UK in the year to December 2009 was 371,000. This is 13% lower than the final estimate of 427,000 in the year to December 2008.
Religion & Society:
* Bishop promises to give away £250 Winter Fuel Payment - Telegraph. A senior cleric has joined in criticism of state benefits that are given to all regardless of wealth, promising to give away his Winter Fuel Payment.
* Ugandan archbishop urges African clergy to re-evangelise 'ailing' Anglican church – Guardian. Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Orombi, reiterates opposition to homosexuality at Entebbe meeting of 400 bishops.
* Pope Benedict's visit: 'The global exposure will be invaluable' - Scotsman.
It doesn't take a marketing genius to work out this kind of exposure is invaluable to Edinburgh's tourist trade.
Education & Culture:
* Major new bilingual website on "rich heritage" of Iona - Press & Journal (Scotland). The website, ionahistory.org.uk has been created by Historic Scotland – which cares for three of the most well-known landmarks on the island – the abbey, Iona Nunnery and MacLean’s Cross – to provide a bilingual portal for visitors to help explore the island’s rich heritage.
Sex & Gender:
* Pastor's 'Jesus had HIV' sermon angers South African Christians - Guardian. Xola Skosana takes HIV test in front of congregation and encourages young members of the church to do the same.
Ecology & Environment:
* Wales ahead of UK in spurning plastic bags - WalesOnline. Shoppers in Wales are using half as many single-use plastic bags as four years ago, according to a report published by the British Retail Consortium and the waste reduction organisation Wrap.
Race & Identity:
* France deports hundreds more Roma – AFP. Nearly 300 Roma packed by France on two chartered planes and expelled to Romania arrived in Bucharest Thursday, as part of the French government's campaign to dismantle unauthorised camps.
Life & Death:
* Atheist doctors 'more likely to hasten death' - Guardian. Study finds medics' faith affects care of terminally ill, as hospital clinicians admit 'ethically controversial' decisions.