Pope Benedict XVI’s historic 16-19 September state visit to Britain

The Tablet

Pope Benedict XVI is to make the first ever state visit to Britain by a pope, and the second only papal visit to Britain since the Reformation. On his four-day visit he will meet the Queen, deliver an address to British society at the eleventh-century Westminster Hall and celebrate Evening Prayer at Westminster Abbey with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Continue reading Pope Benedict XVI’s historic 16-19 September state visit to Britain

Industry has sway over food safety system: study

Reuters

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The food industry is jeopardizing U.S. public health by withholding information from food safety investigators or pressuring regulators to withdraw or alter policy designed to protect consumers, said a survey of government scientists and inspectors.  The study released on Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists found one-in-four of those surveyed have seen corporate interests forcing their agency to withdraw or modify a policy or action designed to protect consumers during the past year. Continue reading Industry has sway over food safety system: study

After criticism, Peru’s president seeks repeal of controversial decree

LIMA, Peru (CNS)

After a week of criticism from the Peruvian bishops’ conference and other groups, Peruvian President Alan Garcia has asked Congress to repeal a controversial decree that critics say could lead to amnesty for human rights violators. Peru’s legislators were scheduled to debate its repeal in an afternoon session Sept. 14. Continue reading After criticism, Peru’s president seeks repeal of controversial decree

In Kenya, Land Reform Worries Both Rich and Poor

By  Zoe Alsop and Nick Wadhams / Nairobi

At first glance, the two scenes on either side of the frenetic Nairobi roundabout couldn’t have seemed more different. To the west, diplomats, businessmen in bespoke suits, political operatives and sons and daughters of Kenya’s colonial classes filed into the parquet-floored ballroom of the Muthaiga Country Club for a members-only meeting. Meanwhile, a short walk east, in the slum of Mathare, Agnes Muthoni, 55, was arranging scraps of cardboard, foam and polythene in the charred, garbage-strewn plot where her home of 40 years had stood until Aug. 8. Continue reading In Kenya, Land Reform Worries Both Rich and Poor