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Cult of money is today's golden calf

Cult of money is today's golden calf

by: The Tablet in World Issues,

Cult of money is today's golden calf, warns Francis. Pope Francis yesterday gave his first major analysis on the causes of the global financial crisis. In a speech to ambassadors he said:

Bangladesh factory collapse: Pope hits out at 'slave labour' amid May Day protests

Bangladesh factory collapse: Pope hits out at 'slave labour' amid May Day protests

by: The Telegraph - Dean Nelson, David Bergman and Muktadir Rashid in World Issues,

Pope Francis made a passionate attack on the “slave labour” conditions endured by workers inside the eight-storey building in Bangladesh which collapsed last week, claiming at least 384 lives. According to Vatican Radio, he condemned the “selfish profit” motive of the companies whose search for low prices meant “slave conditions” for workers.

Britain is in the depths of an economic depression, Archbishop warns

Britain is in the depths of an economic depression, Archbishop warns

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in World Issues,

The Most Rev Justin Welby, a former City oil trader, called for a radical overhaul of the financial system including the break-up of at least one major state controlled bank and a return to smaller, regional banks, curbing the dominance of London. He also called for banking itself to be turned into a proper profession with its own set of professional standards rather than being “something that people drift into”.

The strange status of 16-year-olds

The strange status of 16-year-olds

by: BBC - Steven Brocklehurst in World Issues,

The age of 18 is widely accepted as the start of adulthood but those one or two years younger occupy a strange twilight zone where they are given many freedoms and responsibilities but denied others. 

In Sudanese parish of refugees, priest works to give people hope

In Sudanese parish of refugees, priest works to give people hope

by: Paul Jeffrey - Catholic News Service in World Issues,

Father Biong Kuol's parish is a sprawling collection of temporary huts made from sticks and sun-bleached plastic sheeting. A few skinny cows and goats wander about. The huts contain few personal belongings, as most of the displaced families living here fled from villages to the north with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They've lived almost two years in a camp that the world is trying hard to ignore.

Max Kirby wins HJI-Reed youth unemployment essay prize

Max Kirby wins HJI-Reed youth unemployment essay prize

by: Louisa Peacock - The Telegrpah in World Issues,

Kirby’s essay stood out because he tackled the issue “not from a position of gloom, but actually of optimism and ambition”. In his essay, Kirby writes: “We must adopt the right mindset: positive in outlook and global in ambition. For optimism stems not from denying change, but from recognising the possibilities it presents.

Britain's "dark days" are like the 1930s, new archbishop says

Britain's "dark days" are like the 1930s, new archbishop says

by: Hayley Dixon - The Telegraph in World Issues,

The Right Reverend Justin Welby, in his last service as the Bishop of Durham, said that the outlook is bleak whether the country experiences a triple dip recession or not. He told a packed congregation that he thought we had moved on from the decade of the Great Depression, when unemployment in Britain reached 3.4 million, yet churches are organising food distribution centres as people cannot feed themselves.

January 13, 2013 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

January 13, 2013 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

by: Pope Benedict XVI in World Issues,

Migration is in fact “a striking phenomenon because of the sheer numbers of people involved, the social, economic, political, cultural and religious problems it raises, and the dramatic challenges it poses to nations and the international community”, for “every migrant is a human person who, as such, possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance”

The abortion of unwanted girls taking place in the UK

The abortion of unwanted girls taking place in the UK

by: Rowena Mason - The Telegraph in World Issues,

Illegal abortion on the grounds of gender may be taking place in Britain within immigrant communities, ministers have admitted for the first time after an official analysis of birth statistics. In 2010 there were 189,574 terminations in England and Wales, an eight per cent increase in the past decade. 

Half of all food 'wasted' report claims

Half of all food 'wasted' report claims

by: Matt McGrath - BBC in World Issues,

The report said half the food bought in Europe and the US ended up in the bin. As much as half of the world's food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, is wasted, a UK-based report has claimed. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness.

Focus on conflict in Papal speech to diplomats

Focus on conflict in Papal speech to diplomats

by: Alessandro Speciale, Vatican City in World Issues,

Benedict strongly appealed for an end to the bloodshed in Syria saying that the conflict will “know no victors but only vanquished if it continues.” He called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “commit themselves to peaceful coexistence within the framework of two sovereign states,” a solution which remained far from reality in 2012.

Young 'cannot cope with daily life'

Young 'cannot cope with daily life'

by: BBC - Prince's Trust in World Issues,

Unemployed young people are more likely to feel like they are unable to cope, the trust says. One in 10 young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life - with those not in work, education or training more than twice as likely to feel this way - according to a Prince's Trust survey.

UK high on OECD's family breakdown table

UK high on OECD's family breakdown table

by: BBC in World Issues,

The UK has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world, with just 68.9% of children living with both parents, research suggests. The UK comes fourth in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s table, behind Belgium, Latvia and Estonia.

Archbishops: It is not too late to stop this shambolic Bill

Archbishops: It is not too late to stop this shambolic Bill

by: Ed West and Simon Caldwell in World Issues,

The Church in England and Wales has criticised Government plans to push ahead with same-sex marriage next year, after the Culture Secretary announced a timetable for the historic change. In a statement released on Tuesday Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark said: “The Government has chosen to ignore the views of over 600,000 people who signed a petition calling for the current definition of marriage to stay.

“Euthanasia pathway” under investigation in Britain

“Euthanasia pathway” under investigation in Britain

by: Simon Caldwell CNS in World Issues,

The British government has opened an independent inquiry into allegations that an end-of-life protocol is operating as a euthanasia pathway. It said the inquiry would investigate complaints raised by families who say that relatives have died after they were placed, without their knowledge, on the Liverpool Care Pathway.