Seven European businessesMTV Europe, National Grid Transco, ABB, Barclays, Novartis, The Body Shop International, and Novo Nordiskhave agreed to comply with U.N. principles on human rights. The norms had previously only been applied to countries, not corporations.
A theater troupe in Baghdad, funded by the All Our Children campaign, an inter-agency effort of U.S. churches, has staged more than 30 performances to promote psychosocial healing for children traumatized by the war.
Andrey Zvyagintsevs film The Return, about a father who returns to his two sons after a 12-year absence, has been awarded the John Templeton European Film Award by an ecumenical jury. The Templeton Award is given to films that engage spiritual and social questions.
Anne Moats Williams, recently ordained in Iowa, is the first U.S. Episcopal priest ordained inside a state prison. The congregation that called her to the priesthood is incarcerated and inmates served on her discernment committee. Williams is not incarcerated.
In 2002, more than $150 billion of public money was transferred from the Pentagon to private contractors. Vice President Dick Cheney retains stock options worth more than $18 million in Halliburton, a lead Pentagon subcontractor. Cheney has pledged to donate proceeds from those stocks to charity.