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UKBA and police credit news bannerThe Home Office has been criticised by MPs for ‘utterly failing’ in its responsibilities to monitor the safe and humane detention of individuals in the UK and for showing ‘a shockingly cavalier attitude’ to people’s basic rights.

Published on 21 March, the Home Affairs Committee report condemned the Home Office for also ‘ignoring and breaching its own policies’.

Read more: Report slams Home Office for immigration failures

Volunteers transferring goods to Chimanimani credit Columbus Mavhunga VOA flickrChristians are being encouraged to help those whose lives have been devastated by a killer cyclone.

Cyclone Idai, named after the Shona (a Zimbabwean dialect) word for ‘love’, crashed into south-east Africa on 14 March.

Catastrophic damage was caused to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi, with whole towns, roads, bridges and power lines destroyed and communities trapped.

Read more: Cyclone Idai: an urgent call to help and show love

Police at new zealand shooting credit The LallantopThe Revd Philip Brooks, United Reformed Church Secretary for Ecumenical Interfaith Relations, has offered a prayer for the victims of a terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, today (Friday 15 March).

As Muslims gathered at two mosques for morning prayers, a coordinated attack left 49 people dead and many more seriously wounded.

Read more: A prayer for victims of mass shooting in New Zealand

MPs vote on whether to delay Brexit still from ITV newsAs the UK approaches the date it is scheduled to leave the European Union, the Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE), together with its partners Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), are calling all churches to prayer.

From 27-31 March, the Presidents urge churches to find ways to pray, and to be opened for any in their communities seeking a space for prayer.

Read more: Church leaders’ call to prayer ahead of Brexit