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Sikh Amritsar Files, Church Abuse Report, Theology in the White House

Religious hate crimes, the Bible and the White House and why an Anglican cathedral choir is singing for the first time at a Papal Mass.

Police are treating the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Manchester this week as a hate crime. It follows a spate of other attacks on religious sites across the UK. Dr Chris Allen, Associate Professor in Hate Studies at Leicester University, explains why these attacks are happening now.

Armed police officers have arrested at least 20 Jehovah's Witnesses in raids across Russia this week. Anastasia Golubeva explains why Jehovah's Witnesses are seen as an extreme organisation in Russia.

Choristers from Hereford cathedral will make a historic trip to the Vatican to become the first Anglican cathedral choir to sing at a Papal Mass for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Harry Farley has been to meet them.

A UK judge has ordered the declassification of documents expected to shed light on Britain's involvement in the storming of Sikhism's holiest site in 1984. The Sikh Federation's Davinder Singh and the BBC's Mark Tully talk to William about those events.

In the week that President Trump did a U-Turn on the administration's policy to separate children from their parents at the US border, we hear from Catholic Extension, a charity that works on the border. Plus Tara McKelvey, BBC's White House Correspondent, on the influence of religion inside the White House following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' use of the Bible to justify this policy.

An independent report into the Church of England's handling of its 2007-9 Past Cases Review into sexual abuse has identified a range shortcomings in the way the PCR was conducted. David Greenwood, a lawyer representing survivors and Bishop Peter Hancock respond to the findings, respond to the report.

Producers: Rajeev Gupta
Lissa Cook

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

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