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Sister Helen Prejean, Brexit and the Border, Hong Kong Protests

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme presented by Emily Buchanan.

Sister Helen Prejean is known worldwide for campaigning against the death penalty in the US. She is the author of the bestselling ‘Dead Man Walking’ and joins Emily to talk about her latest book – a personal story of faith and spirituality.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the start of The Troubles and although the Good Friday Agreement saw an end to the violence twenty years ago, many in Northern Ireland are feeling unsettled because of Brexit and the prospect of a hard border. The Rt Rev Dr William Henry, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland, and Father Martin Magill, a Catholic priest on the Falls Road, discuss the current situation.

Deacon John Lam, from the Catholic Chaplaincy at Hong Kong International Airport, talks about the protests currently underway there.

On the 14th August there is a performance of L’enfance du Christ by French composer Hector Berlioz at The Proms. Professor Barbara Kelly talks about this vividly dramatic oratorio (including the well-known Shepherds Farewell chorus) which tells the story of the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt.

Christian charity Home for Good says that church goers in the UK are still supporting overseas orphanages despite a UK government pledge to end its support of them. Emily is joined by the charity’s Head of Advocacy - Emily Christou.

Helen Lee
Peter Everett

Amanda Hancox

Photo credit: Scott Langley

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