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Manchester Bomb Anniversary, Chilean Bishops Resignation, New Stornoway Mosque

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme, presented by Edward Stourton.

It's a year since the bomb attack on the Manchester Arena. In the aftermath, the actions of one young Muslim man captured the imagination of artist Ghislaine Howard. Her paintings of Baktash Noori offering hugs to strangers near St Anne's Church have just gone on display there. David Cook has been hearing their story.

Dan Hett's brother Martyn was one of the 22 people killed in the Arena. He tells Edward why he is the lead signatory of a letter that urges the public to play an active role in the fight against terror. The Bishop of Manchester David Walker and Gorton MP, Afzal Khan join Edward to discuss what has happened since to strengthen community cohesion in the city.

All of Chile's 34 Roman Catholic bishops have offered Pope Francis their resignations in the wake of a child abuse scandal and cover-up. Roman Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh tells us what's prompted the decision and it's impact on the hierarchy of the Church.

Bishop Michael Curry, who gave the address at the royal wedding, is the presiding bishop of the United States Episcopal Church. He's made an impression with his preaching. Bishop Joe Aldred of the Church of God of Prophecy speaks to Edward about his style.

Christian Aid week finished on Saturday. Over 13,000 churches took part in the annual fund raiser. There's evidence that income from this area is in decline. Edward speaks to the charity's new Chief Executive Amanda Khozi Mukwashi.

When the people of Ireland go to the polls next week, it will be the sixth time the nation has voted on abortion. The Catholic church appears to have taken a much less public facing role in the debate. Journalist Dearbhail McDonald tells us why she thinks that is.

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David Cook

Series Producer:
Amanda Hancox.

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