Week Commencing 28th June 2021

2nd July

From The Guardian, French prosecutors have opened an investigation into four fashion retailers on suspicion of concealing and profiting from crimes against humanity by sourcing goods produced using forced Uyghur labour.

30th June

In The Guardian, Pope Francis has agreed to meet with Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential schools in December, amid calls for papal apology for the Church’s role in the abuse and deaths of thousands of children.

From the BBC, following the vote by the Methodist Church in Britain to allow same-sex marriage, the Methodist Church in Ireland will continue to only permit marriages between a man and a woman.

In The Guardian, A group of Muslim women from Batley and Spen have written an open letter condemning “shameful” behaviour that has brought the community “into the limelight for all the wrong reasons”.

The Guardian reports, after a historic vote the Methodist church has become the largest religious denomination in the UK to allow same-sex marriage, having received overwhelming support at the Methodist conference.

29th June

From the BBC, a survey from Pew Research Centre has found that a majority of Indians oppose interfaith marriage. 80% of Indian Muslims feel that it is important to prevent interfaith marriage and around 65% of Hindus felt the same.

28th June

From The Guardian: Two more Catholic churches on First Nations reserves in western Canada have been destroyed by fires amid growing anger over the Church’s role in Canada’s campaign to assimilate Indigenous people.