Sunday: Religious News

Sunday: Religious News

Christianity to Islam, Hinduism to Judaism, Ed Stourton presents religious news and analysis of the top stories from the UK and abroad. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/sunday The related link on this page is broken – could you link to Sunday here please: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnbd

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  • Syria, Child Neglect, Muslim Converts 22 Feb 15

    Sun, 22 Feb 15

    Duration:
    44 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Edward Stourton asks why so few politicians court the 'religious' vote? Bob Walker examines what influence religious groups are likely to have on their congregations and on the outcome of the election. Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishops have held talks with Pope Francis to raise concerns about the crisis in Ukraine. The Children's Society is calling for more protection in law for 16 and 17 year-olds. Next week, applications open for the first residents of the Community of St Anselm - a radical initiative backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to provide young adults with an experience of the monastic life. Our reporter Kati Whitaker joins the new chief executive of the Christian aid agency World Vision on a recent visit to the Zaatari refugee camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border. And 'Multitudes', a play exploring Muslim experiences through the eyes of a convert, opens in London this week. We hear from its writer, John Hollingworth.

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  • Scottish Catholics; Pope and the Mafia; Icelandic Pagans 15 Feb ‘15

    Sun, 15 Feb 15

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    The Catholic Church in Scotland has revealed a proposal to slash the number of parishes across the east of the country. Archbishop Leo Cushley explains why the changes are necessary. Rahul Tandon reports on hundreds of Christians who have demanded greater protection in India following arson attacks on a number of churches in India. Plus, John Laurenson travels to Calabria in Southern Itlay to meet some of the priests who are taking on the fight against the Mafia. And Icelanders will soon be able to worship at a shrine to the Norse Gods, Thor, Odin and Frigg. Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, a high priest of Norse paganism tells us why Icelanders are attracted to paganism.

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  • HRH The Prince of Wales, Future of the C of E, Affordable Housing 08 FEB 15

    Sun, 8 Feb 15

    Duration:
    44 mins

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    In an interview for the BBC His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales talks to Diane Louise Jordan about his concerns for Christians in the Middle East. Edward Stourton speaks to Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, who is grappling with the influx of more than 120,000 Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamic State fighters. This week, members of the Church of England's General Synod will discuss five reports recommending urgent reforms to tackle falling attendances and an ageing clergy. The Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft and Professor Linda Woodhead debate what needs to happen to make the Church fit for the future. The Christian charity Housing Justice says that churches have large land and property portfolios that could be used for affordable housing developments. Trevor Barnes visits a site in Liverpool where members of the community are building their own homes on donated church land.

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  • Three Parent Babies; Modern Sermons; Freedom to Offend 01 Feb 15

    Sun, 1 Feb 15

    Duration:
    44 mins

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    MPs are to vote on allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people to prevent some serious medical conditions. Why are the Church of England against it? The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned vicars against filling their sermons with ‘moral claptrap’. Father Brian D'Arcy goes though the dos and don’ts when it comes to captivate the congregation. How far should freedom of expression allow the freedom to offend? That was the subject of a debate among leading religious thinkers in Cambridge. Trevor Barnes went along to listen to the arguments. We discover the role church magazines played in maintaining communication between homes and the battlefield during WW1.

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