Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Exiled family returns to Somaliland

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Stability still a struggle ahead of 2015 elections

Read more

DEBATE

Rape as a Weapon of War: How to Stop Impunity in Eastern Congo?

Read more

DEBATE

Rape as a Weapon of War: How to Stop Impunity in Eastern Congo? (part 2)

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Interview with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Read more

FOCUS

Indian uranium mines take heavy toll on locals and environment

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Provocative sculpture 'unplugged'

Read more

ENCORE!

Encore's Film Show: Brad Pitt's 'Fury' and Woody Allen's Magic

Read more

FACE-OFF

François Hollande: The mid-term blues

Read more

Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-10-21

Catholic Church extends hand to Anglicans unhappy with liberal policies

Some are accusing the Vatican of ‘poaching’ Anglicans as Pope Benedict paves the way for thousands of unhappy Protestants to join the Catholic Church.

“Vatican makes bid to lure Anglicans,” reads this headline on the front page of the International Herald Tribune. Rome will invite traditional Protestants unhappy with liberal policies to join the Catholic Church, the paper notes. In the UK, The Times says as many as 1,000 priests could quit the Church of England and thousands more may leave churches in America and Australia under bold proposals to welcome Anglicans to Rome.


“Entire parishes and even dioceses could be tempted to defect after Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to offer a legal structure to Anglicans joining the Roman Catholic Church.”


“His decree, issued yesterday, is a serious blow to attempts by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to save the Anglican Communion from further fragmentation and threatens to wreck decades of ecumenical dialogue,” the paper says.


The Times also notes Dr. Williams discomfort with the move. In a letter to bishops and clergy, he wrote: “I am sorry that there has been no opportunity to alert you earlier to this. I was informed of the planned announcement at a very late stage.” Many privately accused Rome of poaching and attacked Dr. Williams for capitulating to the Vatican.


Other stories covered today:


The Independent
“Never has so much money been owed by so few to so many,” says the Governor of the Bank of England. Mervyn King echoes Churchill in a devastating indictment of the banks. King describers the £1 trillion of support given to banks by taxpayers as “breathtaking”.


Today’s Zaman
This English-language Turkish daily is covering a major peace initiative with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK this week. Turkey has freed a Kurdish group arrested by the authorities after they arrived from neighbouring Iraq. The symbolic move was initiated by Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the PKK who is serving life in prison. He urged the PKK last week to send what he described as “peace groups” to surrender to Turkish authorities. The PKK is seeking amnesty for its fighters and more rights for the Kurdish minority in Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan seems now to recognize that military action alone cannot solve the conflict with Kurds.

China Daily, South China Morning Post
Several Chinese papers publish a photo of this extraordinary 91-year-old, Xiao Qinglian. The dexterous pensioner puts his legs over his shoulders before leaning over to pick up a coin with his mouth. China Daily calls him “Mr. Rubber”. He’s more rubbery than I am, in any case.

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-10-22 Total

French papers pay tribute to Christophe de Margerie

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 22.10.14: There's lots of emotion in the French press as papers pay tribute to former Total CEO Christophe de Margerie following his death in a plane crash....

Read more

2014-10-22 Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius and the lone walk to prison

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 22.10.14: Papers across the world focus on the sentencing of South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Opinions are split over the fairness...

Read more

2014-10-21 Indonesia

Jokowi: 'A new hope' for Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 21.10.14: In Indonesia, Joko Widodo's arrival in the presidential palace after a peaceful transition is celebrated as a confirmation of the country's...

Read more

2014-10-21 Total

Christophe de Margerie, a jovial and strategic boss

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 21.10.14: Papers focus on the sudden death of Total’s CEO Christophe de Margerie after his private plane crashed in Moscow yesterday. Le Monde pays tribute...

Read more

2014-10-20 France

Aubry adds to Hollande's woes

There’s more division within the ruling Socialist Party. This time Lille Mayor Martine Aubry has said party rebels are right about the direction the party should go in, Hollande...

Read more