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The Extraordinary Mary Ward

Mike Wooldridge explores the life and legacy of an extraordinary Yorkshire woman, Mary Ward, who scandalised the Church authorities of the early 17th century by redefining religious life for women.

She walked across the Alps several times to plead her cause in Rome, suffered imprisonment and ill-treatment, and, when she died, her few remaining companions had to bribe a vicar to bury her. But 400 years on, the Orders she founded are working throughout the world and vast congregations are gathering to celebrate her story.

The readers are Emily Raymond and Frank Stirling.

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30 minutes

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Sun 30 Aug 2009 23:30