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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  • 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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  • Death of Saudi King, Christian Free Schools & Libby Lane 25 JAN 15

    Sun, 25 Jan 15

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    44 mins

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    William Crawley looks at the religious power and influence behind the throne as Saudi Arabia mourns the death of King Abdullah. This week, a Christian Free School in Durham became the third free school to be closed by the government. Trevor Barnes looks at the situation now and asks whether these examples point to wider issues in religious free schools? On Monday Libby Lane will be consecrated, becoming the first female Bishop in the C of E. The Archbishop of York will lay hands on Rev Libby Lane when she becomes Bishop of Stockport on Monday, but will not do the same when Rev Philip North becomes Bishop of Burnley. Ruth Gledhill explains the new measures.

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  • Pope in Manila, Mindfulness, CoE & Politics 18 Jan 14

    Sun, 18 Jan 15

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    Could it be the biggest Papal crowd ever when Pope Francis says Mass for millions of Catholics in Manila? Our Religious Affairs Correspondent Caroline Wyatt is there. John Laurenson reports from Paris as the number of people making "Aliyah" (returning to Israel) has risen from hundreds to 2,000 since the attacks last week. Plus what is Mindfulness? We find out with Madeleine Bunting, co-founder of the Mindfulness Initiative and Dr Miles Neale, Buddhist psychotherapist. With the General Election less than four months away a book edited by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has been criticised as 'straying too far into the political arena'. Trevor Barnes reports on the tensions that have always existed between Bishops and elected officials while The Bishop of Manchester David Walker and the Spectator's Assistant Editor Isabel Hardman debate.

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  • Attacks in Paris, Christian funerals and Wi-Fi in Churches. 11 Jan 2015

    Sun, 11 Jan 15

    Duration:
    44 mins

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    Edward Stourton discusses the wider implications of this week's attacks in Paris and the protests against the 'Islamisation of Europe' in Germany and Sweden with Riem Spielhaus, Nabila Ramdani and Ed Kessler. Caroline Wyatt reports from Rome ahead of Pope Francis's trip to Sri Lanka and The Philippines. Kevin Bocquet reports on calls for the Church of England to drop laws that forbid a full Christian funeral to people 'of sound mind' who have taken their own lives. And as Andrew Lloyd Webber calls for Wi-Fi in Churches, the Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, explains how it could work.

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  • 2015 look-ahead, Richard III, Church of England leadership plan 04 JAN 15

    Sun, 4 Jan 15

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    44 mins

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    Edward Stourton chairs a discussion looking ahead to some of the big religious stories for 2015. The re-interment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral in March will be a moment of huge historical significance and international interest. Trevor Barnes reports on the preparations for the event. Ten years after the devastating South Asian tsunami, Saroj Pathirana speaks to Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks and nuns about how they have used their faith to help those left behind. And Church of England proposals to send senior clergy on leadership courses have been criticised for being full of ‘management speak’ and barely mentioning God.

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