17/02/2013

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Veteran Vatican watcher David Willey joins the programme to reflect on an unprecedented week of news from Rome.

We put Pope Benedict's record in the area of interfaith relations under the magnifying glass - good and bad. Kevin Bocquet reports.

Looking to the future, we hear from Catholics in four continents about their hopes and aspirations for the future of the Papacy.

With speculation rife about possible runners and riders for the next Pope, we indulge in a spot of crystal-ball gazing with Clifford Longley, contributor to the Tablet, and Madeleine Teahan, Associate Editor at the Catholic Herald.

Elsewhere in the news, a major figure in the Islamic world was appointed this week. Edward discusses the significance of the appointment of Egypt's Grand Mufti with Dr Omar Ashour.

John Laurenson reports from Germany on how Martin Luther, 'the father of Protestantism', brought music into the churches.

And writer, philosopher and broadcaster Alan de Bottan talks about his atheist 10 commandments.

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Sun 17 Feb 2013 07:10
BBC Radio 4 FM only
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