The annual report of the Church Commissioners, the investment arm of the Church of England, shows that Amazon is among its
20 most valuable equity holdings. The revelation follows the archbishop of Canterbury's criticism of the company for not paying enough tax. Meanwhile it has
emerged that the Church of England uses
zero-hours contracts, which Welby also criticised during his speech.
Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Walmsley has called for legislation to make it
mandatory to report child abuse to the statutory authorities following disclosures of abuse at two leading Catholic schools.
More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests
between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.
Yorkshire Police has been roundly mocked, including by the
encouraging people to report "non-crime hate incidents", including "offensive or insulting comments".
The home secretary has rejected calls to introduce buffer zones outside abortion clinics
around the country. Meanwhile doctors think Britain's "outdated" abortion law hampers their
ability to provide the best care for women, according to research for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. And new
plans may mean women from Northern Ireland who travel to Britain to terminate a pregnancy do not have access to abortion pills.
Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations
that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning
Romania's senate has overwhelmingly backed a citizens' initiative
to change the definition of family in the constitution in a nationwide referendum. The move could make it impossible to legalise same-sex marriage. The
initiative has backing from several religious groups.
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