Fri, 31 Aug 2018
Carlo Viganò, the whistleblower who accused the Pope of covering up abuse allegations against a US cardinal, said he had spoken out because corruption went to the top of the church. Yesterday one of the pope's closest aides criticised Viganò.
The Times (£)
Facebook has been targeting young LGBT people with "predatory" 'gay cure' adverts, a Telegraph investigation has found.
A Muslim convert from Nottingham has appeared in court accused of encouraging terrorism on Facebook.
Michael Irwin lays out his support for assisted dying.
The Catholic Church has slammed plans for a Protestant parade which is due to pass a church where a priest was allegedly attacked at during an Orange Order march. The local council has asked organisers to change the route but they have refused.
China must immediately release Uighur Muslims being held in alleged political re-education camps on the "pretext of countering terrorism", a committee of UN human rights experts have said.
The US Supreme Court has refused to intercede in a dispute between Philadelphia and a Catholic foster care agency that does not work with same-sex couples. The agency sued Philadelphia after the city imposed a freeze on placements with it.
The New York Times
Conservative groups in Taiwan, including many Christian churches, are pushing back against marriage equality. According to a judgement from the country's top court, same-sex marriage must become law by May 2019.
Fundamentalists have claimed the fire which destroyed the Primark store in Belfast happened because the shop was selling a Pride collection.
Thu, 30 Aug 2018
BBC Radio 4 is to air a five-part series next week presented by the former chief rabbi Lord Sacks, on "some of the most pressing moral issues of our time".
Thousands of Islamists have set off on a protest march in Pakistan to demand Imran Khan's new government sever diplomatic ties with the Netherlands over a "blasphemous" cartoon competition. Prime minister Imran Khan has addressed the issue in his maiden speech to the senate, pledged to raise it at the UN and called on Islamic countries to cooperate to introduce blasphemy laws.
Five prominent Indian activists who oppose Hindu nationalism have been arrested. Police say they incited Dalits (those of a lower 'caste') to violence. But others have accused the authorities of double standards. Groups including Amnesty International say the arrests raise questions over political motivations.
An extremist Hindu group has called for the word 'secular' to be removed from India's constitution. A minister from India's Republican Party has rejected the idea.
The Times of India
Several leading Jewish organisations have called on Jeremy Corbyn to end the "impasse" over tackling antisemitism in the Labour party.
Human rights activists in Iran have said they are worried about a man on hunger strike who was reportedly jailed for protesting against rules requiring women to wear a hijab.
Sigal Samuel says China is putting Muslims in internment camps—and causing psychological damage in the process.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said printing "In God We Trust" on US currency is constitutional, citing its longstanding use and saying it was not coercive.
A report grouping people by their beliefs on a wide spectrum of topics rather than religious affiliation offers a fresh take on what Americans have in common.
The Washington Post
Conservative campaigners have thrown a roadblock in the path to legalising same-sex unions in Taiwan, proposing a public vote on the issue and saying any reforms would jeopardise "family values".
Hong Kong Free Press
Twenty-six countries currently ban abortion in all circumstances, but the Dominican Republic may break with its conservative neighbours to legalise it under certain conditions.
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
A petrol bomb attack on a Sikh temple in Edinburgh is being treated as a hate crime.
Christine Kenneally tells the story of decades of abuse at Catholic orphanages in the US.
Pennsylvania's attorney general has claimed to have evidence that the Vatican was aware of a systematic cover up for decades of sex abuse carried out by priests in the Catholic Church.
A letter attacking Pope Francis over claims that he covered up allegations of sexual abuse by a high-profile American cardinal has brought a crisis in the Catholic Church into focus.
NHS Digital have revealed that five new cases of FGM have been reported in Dorset in the space of three months between January and March 2018.
Michael Farrell says the protections of equality embodied in the Belfast Agreement are under threat during the Brexit process, and too little attention is being paid to it.
The Irish Times
A former chief rabbi has accused Jeremy Corbyn of the most offensive comments by a senior politician "since Enoch Powell", after his criticism of British "Zionists". The Labour Party has dismissed the comparison.
The Saudi government breached British broadcasting law by buying television adverts trumpeting the policies of the country's crown prince.
The Times (£)
Ireland's Department of Health is awaiting a Friday deadline for an appeal against the result of May's referendum on abortion to reach the Supreme Court. On Monday the Court of Appeal in Ireland upheld a decision to reject the appeal, calling it a "frustration of the democratic process".
The Irish Times
An Indonesian court has approved the legal appeal of a Sumatran teenager who was repeatedly raped by her brother and then jailed for having an illegal abortion.
The Israeli government has cancelled construction work on a major highway which was due to take place on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.
Facebook has announced that it has deleted around 5,000 options for targeting ads, including those based on the religion of users.
Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Survivors of abuse allegedly carried out by the former chairman of a Christian trust have launched a legal claim against the trust which now runs the camps it used to.
Women in England will be allowed to take an early abortion pill at home, under a government plan due to take effect by the end of the year.
A final decision on whether Lancashire County Council will stop supplying non-stunned halal meat for school meals will now be taken by all of the authority's members.
Lancashire Evening Post
Over half of children in Scotland don't get regular sex education and a third believe the myth HIV is spread by toilet seats, a poll has shown.
The Scottish Sun
The trustees at an east London mosque that employed a dangerous extremist who attempted to build an army of child jihadists have been stripped of safeguarding responsibilities by the charity watchdog.
A hygiene probe is underway after neighbours in Dagenham filmed a family hacking up meat in their back garden. The family says the meat was for personal use.
The Irish prime minister has called for a new relationship between church and state in which religion is no longer at the centre of society, as the pope made his first visit to Ireland this weekend.
NSS honorary associate Polly Toynbee says Ireland's confrontation with its dark past shines a searchlight on Catholicism – but all religions can be havens for abusers.
Harriet Sherwood asks what the global rise in faith means for the future.
A women's rights organisation estimates that 65,000 women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) are living in Germany. Kate Brady met one Somali woman who is calling for an end to the practice.
The Dutch prime minister has distanced his government from a cartoon contest focusing on the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The contest is being organised later this year by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders. His remarks come after authorities in Pakistan lodged a diplomatic protest against Wilders's plan.
President Trump has said the US government's "attacks on communities of faith" are "over" as he hosted a dinner celebrating evangelical Christian leaders at the White House.
The Washington Post
Fri, 24 Aug 2018
Colm O'Gorman says the pope is refusing to acknowledge the Vatican's role in the cover-up of sexual abuse.
A group of nuns are among a dozen people to be arrested so far and charged in connection with allegations of horrific abuse at a children's home in central Scotland.
An Orange walk will not pass a church where a Catholic priest was allegedly assaulted after council chiefs ordered the latest march to be re-routed.
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has accused a brewery based in the east Midlands of "inappropriate use" of a Hindu deity. The brewery has said the beer at the centre of the complaint is no longer being brewed.
In a mass protest, demonstrators against the Catholic church have applied for free tickets to the upcoming papal mass in Dublin but will not be attending.
The Irish government has been urged to improve its draft legislation on abortion to stop doctors interpreting the new laws too conservatively.
The Times (£)
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