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Faith and mental health; The 'lost' archbishops; Kirk may allow gay marriages

Awareness of mental health issues is growing, but how can churches help? Plus how the 'lost' remains of five archbishops were discovered and why the Kirk may allow gay marriages.

French voters take part in the first round of the Presidential elections on Sunday. Dr Charles Devellennes from the University of Kent tells Edward Stourton why religion, once a taboo in French politics, has grown in importance in political discourse.

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday. He will meet the Coptic Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar mosque. Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the LSE and Samia Sidhom, of the Coptic newspaper Watani International discuss the significance of the visit for Muslims in Egypt.

An influential report by the Church of Scotland's Theological Forum says the Kirk should allow ministers to conduct same-sex marriages. Journalist Rosemary Goring tells Edward about the proposals.

The remains of five Archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval parish church next to Lambeth Palace. Trevor Barnes investigates why their remains appear to have been mislaid.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are leading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. It's the official charity of the London Marathon. Edward hears from Dan Dark, an RE teacher who is running to support his wife who has struggled with anorexia. Later, Edward explores how churches are changing their approach to mental health. The Archbishop of Canterbury's daughter Katharine Welby-Roberts talks about her depression with Dr Kate Middleton a Director of Mind And Soul.

'Islands' is a new play that commemorates the 350th Anniversary of the 1667 Treaty of Breda in which the Dutch ceded Manhattan to the English in exchange for the tiny spice island of Rhun. Rosie Dawson has been to rehearsals.

Producers: David Cook & Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Photo Credit: Craig Dick.

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  • Marathon Runner

    Edward talks to Dan Dark who is running to support his wife who has suffered with anorexia

    Duration: 03:20

  • Islands

    'Islands' is a new play that commemorates the Anniversary of the 1667 Treaty of Breda

    Duration: 05:32

  • Scottish Same-Sex Marriage

    A report says the Kirk should allow ministers to conduct same-sex marriages.

    Duration: 04:49

  • Pope In Egypt

    Pope Francis will meet the Coptic Pope and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar mosque.

    Duration: 07:51

  • French Elections

    French voters take part in the first round of the Presidential elections on Sunday

    Duration: 04:50

  • Archbishops Tomb

    Remains of five Archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval parish church

    Duration: 07:07

  • Faith & Mental Health

    Edward explores how churches are changing their approach to mental health

    Duration: 08:36

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