The Archbishop of Canterbury has been asked by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres to be a member of a new high-level advisory board on mediation. Most Rev Justin Welby will join 17 other global leaders and experts to provide the Secretary-General with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world. Archbishop Welby said in a tweet that he was "honoured to join UN Secretary General's board on mediation". The group, which includes the President of Chile, former President of Finland and former President of the Republic of Nigeria, bring together an extensive range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts to assist the Secretary-General.

 

The Bishop of Coventry has accused the Church of England of exploiting the concept of Christian forgiveness to allow paedophiles to get away with their crimes. Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth said the Church should focus on justice as well as encouraging abusers to repent. Writing in The Church Times he said: “Survivors may be told that forgiving their abusers will mean not taking any action that may ‘hurt’ them, such as telling others in positions of responsibility about what happened. “At the same time, people who have committed abuse may be reassured that receiving divine pardon for their actions makes it unnecessary to face the human consequences of their crime.” Rev Cocksworth said even though forgiveness is “at the heart of the good news of Jesus Christ” it shouldn’t be used to collude and cover up abuse in the Church.

 

George Galloway is facing the threat of bankruptcy in a bitter feud with the former parliamentary aide who once complained that she had to buy his underwear. Aisha Ali-Khan, a Muslim women’s rights activist, has issued a petition to bankrupt the former MP, according to records at the Bankruptcy Court. Ms Ali-Khan has been engaged in a long-running dispute with Mr Galloway. Last year she accepted costs and damages, believed to be a five-figure sum, to settle a libel battle over his allegation that she had used his home for trysts. He issued a public apology in a statement read by his lawyer in the High Court. Bankruptcy Court records show that Mr Galloway applied last month to set aside a statutory demand for payment made by Ms Ali-Khan, of Keighley, West Yorkshire. Her petition to make him bankrupt was filed on Monday.