Monday, 29 July 2013

Church of England 'embarassed' by Wonga

Also in this week's news round up, the Pope reaches out to the slums of Brazil, while US drones strike in Pakistan. 

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Church of England left 'embarassed' in war on Wonga
Earlier this week we were impressed to hear that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had decided to compete the biggest UK money lenders out of business, by forming a more 'ethical' credit union. Welby particularly took aim at Wonga, a company known for quick and easy financing at extremely high interest rates. The story, however, took a less seemly turn when by the end of the day journalists reported that the Church of England itself had invested £75,000 in Wonga. The Archbishop was left 'irritated' and telling the BBC: "It shouldn't happen, it's very embarrassing, but these things do happen and we have to find out why and make sure it doesn't happen again.".

Pope Reaches out to slums of Rio.
The Pope received a warm welcome on Thursday while visiting one of the flavelas or slums of Rio de Janeiro. He told his young audience to never give up hope. It is today reported that up to three million have joined the beach for a vigil on Copacabana beach to celebrate World Youth Day (28th July).

Six killed in suspected Drone Attack in Pakistan.
Sources claim six people have been killed and four injured on the North Waziristan border between Pakistan and Afghanistan by two US drone strikes. The attack happened in the Shawal area. Meanwhile, 18 people - including both Christian and Muslim workers - died after drinking toxic alcohol at two parties in Faisalabad. Around two dozen others are still unconscious after drinking what may have been illegal home brewed alcohol.

Catholic chosen as Head of USCIRF
Robert George, a Princeton professor of jurisprudence, was named on Tuesday as the new head of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. George is deeply concerned about the treatment of religious believers in Europe by secularist governments and also the plight of Christians in the Middle East. @TayyabaNoor02

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