Women bishops, Gandhi statue, World Cup Popes

Trevor Barnes reports from the General Synod of the Church of England as members gather for a second vote on whether to allow women bishops. What concessions have been granted to opponents and what options are available to the Archbishop of Canterbury should the measure fail?

The Vatican Bank has closed hundreds of customer accounts in an effort to rid itself of associations with corruption and money laundering. Stefan Stern explains why Pope Francis has ordered a clear-out of toxic accounts.

Sikhs have accused the Foreign Secretary of appeasing the Indian Government by announcing a statue in Parliament Square of Mahatma Gandhi. Edward asks if their opposition is justified.

We continue our series to mark the centenary of the start of World War 1. Geoffrey Durham tells the story of the Quaker reaction to the outbreak of war through the remarkable archive of letters and diaries at Friends House in London.

As the Home Secretary announces that Baroness Butler-Sloss will head a wide-ranging probe into how allegations of abuse by politicians and other powerful figures in public institutions were handled, we debate the factors that change our collective and individual awareness of what is morally right and wrong.

Mark Dowd joins Edward to muse over the fact that an Argentinian and a German Pope could meet to cheer on their respective home countries in the final of the football World Cup. Is there passion for the beautiful game in The Vatican?

Producers:
David Cook
Zaffar Iqbal
Contributors:
Stefan Stern
Professor Gordon Lynch
Oliver Kamm
Davinder Singh
Pratik Dattani
Mark Dowd
Geoffrey Durham.

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