Prime Minister Gordon Brown look set to boycott a summit of European and African leaders to be attended by the Zimbabwean President. It follows a call at the weekend by Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, to take a tougher line on Zimbabwe.
Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has announced that he is to send every MP in the country some summer reflection material: The 100-Minute Bible and a guide to slowing down written by the Anglican Bishop of Reading.
The Archbishop of York pounded an African drum to celebrate the release of the BBC's Alan Johnston from captivity in Gaza today. Now Hamas wants recognition for its Palestinian authority. And many non-Westerners remain in prison.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has gone on al-Jazeera to appeal the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, whose kidnap in Gaza has been denounced by the Iranian government and galvanised media freedom activists.
The uncomfortable fact is that the church's Christendom ('Christian country') assumptions put it into the position of arguing the same political point about national identity as the BNP. A different way forward is needed.
In his Easter messages, Dr John Sentamu, the Anglican Archbishop of York, has said that acts of generosity, courage and life-giving are needed to turn society away from its self-preoccupation and consumerism.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, who is the second most senior figure in the established Church of England, and who has himself been the victim of direct racist prejudice in the past, has sought to defend the institutional church against charges of discrimination.