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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 12:25 UK time, Friday, 12 October 2012

Years spent in an isolated existence on an island off Mallaig gave artist, Rob Fairley, the solitude and space to pursue his twin passions for art and climbing. This week he joins me in the first hour of Sunday Morning, with me, Cathy Macdonald to talk about how this lifestyle informs his spirituality.

Following Channel 4's programme on Tuesday night about a group of Jewish mothers competing for the distinction of being crowned "Jewish Mum of the Year", we ask how accurately a reality television series reflects the Jewish community.

Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam which must be performed at least once in a lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim. A major event within the faith, we hear from someone who is about to take part in this years pilgrimage, about the preparations that precede it.

It was set up to give the homeless a chance to earn an income, but how has the Big Issue magazine maintained its momentum and continued to impact on people's lives 21 years since it was first established?

Too much time spent watching a screen can have serious health implications for young children according to a recently published report. I'll be asking just how realistic it is to curb this habit in today's technology-led lifestyle.

And marking the 50th anniversary of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council, in which the Catholic Church tried to locate its position in the modern world - Professor John Haldane of the University of St Andrews explains what it's all about.


All this and a great mix of music to ease you into Sunday morning. That's Sunday Morning with me, Cathy Macdonald. I hope you can join me.

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