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Jane Little discusses the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, both familiar and unfamiliar.

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Jane Little discusses the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, both familiar and unfamiliar.

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Roger Bolton discusses the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, both familiar and unfamiliar.

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Roger Bolton discusses the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, both familiar and unfamiliar.

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In this week's Sunday Edward Stourton took over as Sunday Programme presenter.

On the 31st of January millions face the annual test of our scruples as people rush to get their tax returns in before Monday.

Edward Stourton discusses how morally important it is to avoid any deception in tax returns.

America prides itself on being a beacon of religious tolerance, so when a relatively-small sect from India bought land to develop their US headquarters, they anticipated few problems. But four years later, the Indian-American family who are spearheading the planned worship centre, are locked in a bitter confrontation with local politicians and a prominent business owner. Matthew Wells reports from the town of Old Bridge.

Stephen Baldwin was evicted from Celebrity Big Brother last week. He spent some of the time in the Big Brother House reading the bible to other celebrity housemates, some loved, some loathed it. Edward Stourton talked to him about his experience in the house.

Earlier this week David Cameron gave his strongest indication yet that Faith Schools would grow in numbers if the Conservatives win the next election. His remarks come in the week that Britain’s first Hindu (state maintained) Faith School opened its doors to members of the media. We look at the expansion of Faith Schools for UK minority religions. Kevin Bocquet Reports.

Following two high profile court cases involving mothers and the alleged 'mercy killing' of their own children, we spoke to Heather Pratten who helped her son, who was suffering from Huntingdon's Disease, to end his life.

What is a tefillin? A US Airways Jet had to make an unscheduled landing thinking a passenger was wearing a bomb as he wrapped his tefillin around his arm. Edward Stourton talked to Rabbi YY Rubenstien and asked him about this ancient Jewish Ritual.

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Edward Stourton with the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, familiar and unfamiliar.

This week Edward speaks to the Anglican Bishop of Egypt to gauge the latest feeling in Cairo and to ask him how he views Egypt's future.

As the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St. John's Wood London celebrates its Centenary, Trevor Barnes takes a closer look at where it sits today amongst the wider Jewish community.

The life of Joseph Grimaldi, described as one of Britain's greatest clowns, is celebrated this weekend in an annual memorial service in London. Church Jester Roly Baines explains to Edward the significance of clowns in the early Church.

The Big Society took a blow his week when Liverpool, one of the 'Vanguard' cities, said it "can no longer support the initiative". We assess the churches role in the project which is so close to David Cameron's heart.

Edward has just come back from Istanbul to look at its cosmopolitan religious culture for a Radio 4 documentary. We'll hear whether its diversity is now under threat, caught up in the tension between secular and religious visions for the state.

And in response to David Cameron's speech on multiculturalism Edward Stourton spoke to Humza Yusaf Community Activist, Father Phil Sumner, RC priest in Oldham and Robin Simcox, Research Fellow at Centre the Centre for Social Cohesion.

E-mail: sunday@bbc.co.uk

Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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Edward Stourton with the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, familiar and unfamiliar.

As Egypt continues to dominate the news, our Presenter Edward Stourton takes a look at the latest developments with Dr. Harry Hagopian, Ecumenical Advisor and Political Consultant, the Egyptian Writer Tarek Osman and Carol Gould, American Broadcaster and Author.

To mark the Silver Jubilee of Pope John Paul 11's visit to India, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor tells Edward about his own journey to India as the Papal Representative, following in the footsteps of the former Pontiff.

Christina Rees, Author of Feast and Fast takes our Reporter Charles Carroll on a culinary journey looking at the significant role food plays in the Christian tradition both before and during the Lenten period.

And our Reporter Trevor Barnes looks into the row concerning the admissions policy of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in West London. Parents of pupils at the School are concerned that its Catholic identity and ethos will be lost if the School is forced by the local Diocese to change their criteria for admission.

E-mail: sunday@bbc.co.uk

Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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Jane Little with the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, familiar and unfamiliar.

The teaching of Religious Edcuation in schools in crisis. It has been omitted from the new English Baccaluareate and a recent survey found that a third of all secondary schools will cut it from their curriculum. We'll discuss what has happened to an academic subject in which the UK is considered a world leader; with Professor Trevor Cooling, Reverend Jan Ainley and Dr Phillip Barnes.

Ireland is about to go to the polls. Are people - amid the anger, pain and desolation of financial meltdown - striving for non-materialistic help? Irish Journalist David Quinn

Homosexual couples could soon ne allowed to marry in church while straight couples could be given the right to a civil partnership. We ask why some religious groups are opposed to the consultation process.

Algeria, Libya, Bahrain, Iran and Yemen have all seen big and small protests over the last few days. What does this mean for the Arab world and will more regimes in that part of the world collapse? Fawaz Gerges is the Director of the Middle East Centre at London School of Economics

Our reporter Kevin Bocquet looks into the issue of Child Protection in Madrassahs

The Industral Revolution brought a boom in the number of temporary churches or Tin Tabernacles to cater for a devout but transient people. Geoff Bird visted one in Staffordshire to hear how they have remained part of worship for so many people

Father Christopher Jamison reviews the new film 'The Rite', released next week in the UK.

E-mail: sunday@bbc.co.uk

Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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As the crisis in Libya continues, Western nations are pushing the UN for action and not just statements. Action which could include asset seizures, travel bans and sanctions. But what is the moral argument for intervention in another country's problems? Edward Stourton discusses this question with Professor John Millbank, Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and The Rt Hon Denis MacShane, Labour MP and former Foreign Office Minister.

The BBC's World Service writer in residence, Hamid Ismailov, will reflect on the story of a young Tunisian, Mohamed Bouazizi. Even though the law of Islam forbids suicide, he set fire to himself as an act of frustration and despair and his actions have fanned the flames of revolution across the region.

It was Christchurch's second major tremor in five months, and New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster for 80 years. As the death toll from last week's earthquake continues to rise, Victoria Matthews, the Anglican Bishop of Christchurch talks to Edward about how the shattered community are trying to rebuild their lives.

'What is your Religion?' That was the question from the 2001 Census which the British Humanist Association claim gave a misleading picture of people's affiliation in the UK. Now the same question is set to appear in the 2011 Census and the British Humanist Association is launching a poster campaign to urge people who are non-religious to tick the 'no religion' box on the Census form. Our reporter Trevor Barnes asks why it's so important that we know how many of us are religious.

Representatives from the UK's faith communities are set to present a public petition to the UN this week, calling for the regulation of the world's thirty four billion pound weapons trade. It's in preparation for a major conference set to take place in 2012 to negotiate a Global Arms Trade Treaty that will set binding and international standards for arms sales and transfers. Jehangir Sarosh, Co-Moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders, part of Religions for Peace tells Edward about the important role faith groups have to play in this arena.

And as St. Paul's Cathedral in London celebrates three hundred years since its completion by Sir Christopher Wren, the Rev Dr. Giles Fraser, the Cathedral's Canon Chancellor takes our reporter Charles Carroll on a hidden history tour of this iconic building.

E-mail: sunday@bbc.co.uk

Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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As fears of civil war in Syria escalate Samira asks Fergal Keane have we seen this before and can comparisons be drawn with Bosnia and Rwanda?

BBC School Reporters from St Paul's Cathedral School have been talking to 96-year-old Maurice Sills who helps out at their school and in the Cathedral library. He gave his reflections on the Queen, the Jubilee and St Pauls.

More details have emerged this week in the Vati-leaks scandal; the pope's butler was arrested amidst allegations that he didn't act alone and that a shadowy group of Cardinals were behind the leaks. Robert Mickens reports from Rome.

Amid all the pomp & ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee it's easy to forget the religious significance of the monarch and the Queen's personal Christian faith. Charles Carroll has been looking at 'what the Queen believes'

Richard Hoskins, author of The Boy in the River, tells Samira how his work on a ritual sacrifice case has lead to him becoming one of the lead experts in African tribal religion.

Sunday explore the historic and changing relationship between Queen and Church with a special report by Trevor Barnes.

Scotland's first woman bishop is consecrated on June 7th. Exclusive interview with Bishop Elect Helen Hamilton, of the Open Episcopal Church about her upcoming position.

As the dust settles after two amendments to women bishops legislation left many 'angry and disappointed' we hear from both sides of the debate and assess the chances of the legislation passing as was originally hoped at the July General Synod. Discussion with Bishop Pete Broadbent and Judith Maltby, Chaplain of Corpus Christie College Oxford.

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As Russia continues to resist calls for foreign intervention in Syria, Edward speaks to Ellen Barry of the New York Times about the influence the Russian Orthodox Church has over Russian foreign policy.

As Three Faith's Forum celebrates 15 years of interfaith work with young people - Trevor Barnes reports on their continuing influence.

Last month the Vatican censured the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, saying they were pursuing a radical feminist agenda. On Tuesday they meet with Vatican officials in Rome to put their case. Edward speaks to Sister Joan Chittister, who is no stranger to Vatican censure, to reflect on recent events.

The 50th Eucharistic Congress comes to Ireland on Sunday. Edward speaks to William Crawley about how the congress is being received in a country still reeling from the child abuse scandals.

In Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, a pioneering project has been launched to make its mosques more women friendly. Dorian Jones reports.

Ahead of England's first Euro 2012 game, Edward talks to the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Fr Borys Gudziak about antisemitism and racism in Poland and the Ukraine.

Will the criminalisation of forced marriages help victims or force the practice underground? Edward explores the issues with Tehmina Kazi of British Muslims for Secular Democracy and Dr Aisha Gill, Lecturer in Criminology.

An announcement of a bailout for Spain's stricken banks is expected over the weekend. Edward examines the human cost of the crisis and the role the Church is playing with Domènec Melé, Professor of Business Ethics and Chaplain at a Barcelona University.

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A newly ordained Chinese Catholic bishop, Father Thaddeus Ma Daqin, has disappeared from public view after announcing his resignation from the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association during his ordination ceremony. It's believed authorities have confined him to his seminary. William gets the latest from John Sudworth in Shanghai.

Alom Shaha talks to us about the Young Atheists Handbook and his journey from Bangladeshi Muslim to atheist science teacher.

France has some 90 000 churches and nearly all of them belong to the government. But now an increasing number of local authorities say they can't afford to maintain their churches and are voting to tear them down. John Laurenson reports.

There was more destruction of ancient Islamic Sufi shrines in Timbuktu this week. William hears from Dr Shamil Jeppie of the Timbuktu Manuscript project.

The High Court ruled against the Portsmouth Diocese this week saying that the Catholic Church can be held liable for the wrongdoings of its priests. Joshua Rozenburg explains the wider implications.

In light of new research this week, Church Action on Poverty is calling on UK churches to lead the way in guaranteeing a Living Wage for all. Alan Thornton from the charity explains more and Mickey Price a 45 year old divorcee explains how he survives on the minimum wage.

What went wrong for the Church of England's women bishops legislation and where does it go from here? Trevor Barnes reports in the aftermath of last Monday's adjourned vote.

Melinda Gates admits she struggled with her Catholic beliefs before committing to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on contraception and family planning. We discuss what difference this could make with Dermot Grenham from the LSE and Oxfam's Kathleen Spencer Chapman.

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The majority of Muslims being physically attacked, harassed or intimidated because of their faith are women, according to interim results from the UK's first ever 'official' anti-Muslim violence helpline, Kevin Bocquet reports.

Father Nadim Nasser is the only Syrian priest in the Church of England. He speaks to Edward about the fears of the Christian community in Syria.

The Bishop of Durham has been appointed to the Banking Standards Committee. He tells Edward what the cross party enquiry is hoping to achieve.

The British Library announced a project to digitise some 25,000 pages of Mediaeval Arabic manuscripts this week. Edward takes a look with the head of the British Library Qatar Project Oliver Urquhart-Irvine.

Matthew Kalman talks to Edward from Jerusalem about the withdrawal of Kadima from the coalition government and continuing controversy about Orthodox Jews not paying tax or serving in the Israeli army.

Next week the international Aids Conference takes place in Washington. Former health minister Lord Fowler is attending and speaks to Edward from the US capital.

The Vatican bank still has a long way to go in terms of financial transparency according to a report from the Council of Europe. David Willey explains the story behind the scandal plagued bank.

Trevor Barnes reports from the Salvation Army's Hadleigh Training Centre ahead of the Olympic Games. Hadleigh Farm is the host venue for the mountain biking tournament and has been in Salvation Army hands for 122 years.

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

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

As the Olympic Games get underway Trevor Barnes joins a community festival in East London organised by churches to ask what it all means to local people now it's finally arrived.

Tony Blair 'does God' in conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Daily Telegraph's Charles Moore, in the last in the series of Westminster Faith Debates.

Would you 'pray-on-the-go?' Sunday presenter Edward Stourton tests out a prototype multi-faith prayer booth designed by Manchester University.

Olympic champion, founder of the US Council for Sports Chaplaincy and contemporary gospel recording artist Madeline Manning Mimms talks faith, spirituality and sport with Edward.

Should mixed faith marriage be opposed or accommodated within the Jewish faith? Edward talks to Rabbi Jonathan Romain and Rabbi Alan Plancey following the lifting of the ban on blessing mixed faith marriages.

Matt Wells reports from New York on the world's first televangelist, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and his journey toward sainthood.

Gay marriage got the green light in Scotland this week but where does it leave the Scottish Catholic Church whose leadership has made headlines because of its position on homosexuality? Edward discusses the issues with Professor John Haldane.

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Kevin Bocquet reports on a law dating back to the dissolution of the monasteries which could mean thousands of 21st century home owners are liable for the cost of church repairs.

Relations between the Vatican and China have reached an all-time low over the appointment of Bishops to the Chinese church. David Willey reports from Beijing and Rome.

40 years after the expulsion of the Ugandan Asians by Idi Amin, one of those who fled the country for Britain talks to Jane Little about the role of race and faith in the rebuilding of communities.

Over 200 British households have hosted families of Olympic athletes through the Church of England's 'More than Gold' campaign. Trevor Barnes dropped in on one to see how they were getting on.

A year on from the riots, as the Olympics continue to grip Britain, the mood of the nation could not be more different. But have the underlying causes been addressed? Professor James Arthur and Christian youth worker, Patrick Reagan, discuss.

Punk, politics and the religion - what does the Moscow based 'Pussy Riot' trial say about the direction of the Russian Orthodox Church and its relations with President Putin?

A British historian describes the dilemmas facing Aleppo's large Christian community.

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The story of a missionary who ended up training many of the Kenyan Olympic athletes.

On this week's programme Brother Colm O'Connell talks to Jane Little about how he went to Kenya as a missionary and ended up training many of the Olympic Kenyan athletes including 800m gold medal winner David Rudisha.

This week the Church of England announced it was disinvesting from News Corp, Andrew Brown, Secretary to the Church Commissioners explains why.

Today David Cameron and other world leaders will gather for what has been called the 'Hunger Summit' at which they will focus their attention on drought, poverty and malnutrition. Laura Taylor, Head of Policy for Tearfund, talks to Jane Little about what she thinks this summit may or may not achieve.

Dylan Winter visits Bhaktivedanta Manor to join in the Hindu Janmashtami Festival this week and hear the concerns from devotees about the pollution of the sacred Yamuna river which flows past the Taj Mahal and other sacred sites.

As the Olympic Games reaches its final day Trevor Barnes reports on whether it's legacy will have a real impact on the local residents.

The Law Society has announced the sale of ancient manuscripts from the Mendham Collection. A collection of religious and polemical writings which date back to the 13th centuries. Jane Little talks to Dr Alixe Bovey who explains why the decision has upset the University of Kent and Canterbury Cathedral who do not want to see the collection broken up.

As the month of Ramadan continues, Dorian Jones reports from Turkey on the row over the amount of money being spent on Iftar, the evening meal that ends each day of fasting which in some 5 star hotels is costing $100 a person.

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This week Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church is visiting Poland to meet senior Polish Roman Catholic bishops to sign a document of reconciliation and in the aftermath of the "Pussy riot" trial what's the significance of the protest? Peter Van Dyke reports from Moscow

Beyond the bright lights of midtown Manhattan, a dozen representatives from different churches, were introduced to a variety of Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities around the city, and the different ways in which they worship the same god. Matt Wells reports.

A Gallup Poll shows Africa as the most devout region of the World while the USA is becoming less religious. Professor Douglas Davies explores the findings

Plans have been drawn up to urge communities and churches to work closely together to prevent "ritual abuse" in cases such as Victoria Climbie and Kristy Bamu. Simon Bass from Churches Child Protection and Bishop Joe Aldred spokesperson for Black Churches discuss.

Interview with Eva Loeffler, daughter of Sir Ludwig Guttman, father of the Paralympic Games and how his Jewish faith influenced his work and life.

On the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials Kevin Bocquet explores the history and joins a commemorative walk.

Is religious belief causing sick children to suffer needlessly? We hear from Jeremy Howat, the father of a child who was written off by doctors but survived, followed by a discussion with Rev Jim Linthicum - Great Ormond St Hospital Chaplain & Dr Andrew Ferguson, Christian Medical Fellowship.

Jane Little presents the Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

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With a search for God throwing up nearly two billion internet hits, this special edition of Sunday explores the impact of the internet on religion.

Trevor Barnes turns virtual religious tourist as he explores the digital world in search of God.

From Tweeting to computer gaming, we hear how the internet and technology is transforming the tradition church service.

Kevin Bocquet reports on the transformative effect of the internet on the Muslim world.

And how is morality defined and shaped in the globally vast and digitally distant world of cyberspace?

To debate some of these issues William Crawley is joined by the 'Digitalnun', Sister Catherine Wybourne, the blogging Bishop, Alan Wilson and Vicky Beeching whose award winning blog ponders the line between spirituality, philosophy and technology.

Edward Stourton explores the impact of the internet on religion.

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

Islamic leaders in Pakistan back an 11 year old girl accused of desecrating the Quran - Journalist Shahid Saidullah says the move will make no difference

In Ghana when a women is accused of witchcraft she will be driven out of her home and usually end up in a witch camp with hundreds of other women who then have to rely on aid from charities to survive. Kati Whittaker reports from one of these camps and Edward also speaks to Adwoa Kluviste - Ghana Country Director for Action Aid.

Some call him "the American Pope" - the most powerful and charismatic church leader of the modern era. But for others, Cardinal-Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, is presiding over a disastrous showdown with the White House over the Health Care Bill, that could lead to an irrevocable split between the conservative and liberal wings of the American church. Matt Wells reports

Ahead of the European Court hearing of four Christian religious discrimination cases, Joshua Rozenberg unpacks possible outcomes and implications for the British legal system. Is the hearing a good thing for religious freedoms in Britain? Andrew Marsh from the Christian Legal centre tells Edward why they have taken the cases to Europe.

A discussion on how the language and ideas expressed in the New Testament affect our perceptions of disability. Edward talks to Professor John Hull and Professor John Swinton.

A "Profoundly negative culture" within the Diocese of Chichester led to two decades of Child protection failure says a report this week. Bishop Paul Butler Head of Child Protection in the Church of England talks to Edward about what has been learnt from the Chichester report.

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The Israeli Prime Minister was forced into calling early elections this week. Matthew Kahlman speaks to Edward about the role of the religious parties in the Knesset and why they would not support Netanyahu's budgetary plans.

The German Cabinet supports a law making it clear that circumcision on religious grounds is legal. Ed speaks to Stephen Evans about the background to the case and why it caused such anger amongst Muslims and Jews in Germany.

This week is the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. It was only the third full council in 500 years and it transformed the Roman Catholic Church. Edward Stourton reports on what happened in Rome between 1962 and 1965.

Edward speaks to Father Brian D'arcy and Archbishop Vincent Nicholls both of whom were studying for the priesthood when the Second Vatican Council began and have lived their clerical lives in its aftermath.

Christopher Lamb visits two Catholic parishes in London who have very different interpretations of Vatican II.

What is the legacy of Vatican 2 today and does the church need a Vatican 3? Ed discusses with former Tablet Editor John Wilkins, Jack Valero of Opus Dei, Feminist Theologian Tina Beattie and Ian Linden from the Tony Blair faith foundation.

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

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A hundred major charities have launched the campaign 'Enough Food for Everyone IF' World Vision Chief Exec Justin Byworth has just returned from the Congo and explains why the campaign is so important now.

Love thy neighbour - but only if thy neighbour shares your faith? Robert Hoffman from Nottingham University talks about his research on how faith shapes behaviour toward others.

Demos say more faith groups should be contracted to deliver local government welfare services.

Jonathan Birdwell author of the report will debate with Andrew Copson from the Humanist society.

The Church of England is about to celebrate the Feast of King Charles The Martyr Kati Whitaker reports on why Charles I is seen as a martyr.

Dr Matthew Feldman from Teeside University discusses plans to open a new research centre dedicated to studying the extremist far right and an increase in anti-Islamic attacks on Muslims.

MP Peter Bone has proposed a bill to restore charitable status to all religious groups. Trevor Barnes reports.

Jewish artist, Chava Rosenzweig, discusses her commission for Imperial War Museum North to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with Edward Stourton.

Angus Kennedy from the Battle of ideas says that Holocaust Memorial Day is a made up idea to sugar coat history David Cesarnai one of the founders of the Holocaust Memorial Day trust disputes this.

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Veteran Vatican watcher David Willey joins the programme to reflect on an unprecedented week of news from Rome.

We put Pope Benedict's record in the area of interfaith relations under the magnifying glass - good and bad. Kevin Bocquet reports.

Looking to the future, we hear from Catholics in four continents about their hopes and aspirations for the future of the Papacy.

With speculation rife about possible runners and riders for the next Pope, we indulge in a spot of crystal-ball gazing with Clifford Longley, contributor to the Tablet, and Madeleine Teahan, Associate Editor at the Catholic Herald.

Elsewhere in the news, a major figure in the Islamic world was appointed this week. Edward discusses the significance of the appointment of Egypt's Grand Mufti with Dr Omar Ashour.

John Laurenson reports from Germany on how Martin Luther, 'the father of Protestantism', brought music into the churches.

And writer, philosopher and broadcaster Alan de Bottan talks about his atheist 10 commandments.

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William Crawley gets the latest news and intrigue from Rome as the "Princes of the Church" gather for the start of the Papal Conclave.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien's last act before stepping down was to call for the end of celibacy in the priesthood. How much has the issue of celibacy been at the centre of problems that have beset the church? Kevin Bocquet reports.

Canon Rosie Harper kicks off our series of "letters to the Archbishop" ahead of Justin Welby's enthronement later this month.

On the eve of the Kenyan elections Edward Stourton speaks to the Archbishop of Kenya about the campaign for peaceful elections.

In the week that saw the opening of the 'The Book of Mormon' in the West End we took to the streets of Manchester to meet the real Mormon missionaries.

Nick Peake reports on the "God channels" where some programmes claim to cure people of fatal diseases through the power of prayer.

Theologian or manager? What kind of Pope does the Catholic Church need to sail through the stormy seas ahead? William discusses with Father Christopher Jamison and Catholic and management coach, John O'Brian.

Christianity at a Crossroads?

A BBC Radio 4 discussion in partnership with Theos Monday 18th March at Westminster Central Hall.

As we approach an historic week in the history of Christianity, with both the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches celebrating the installation of new leaders, the panel discussion, chaired by John Humphries, will consider whether the internal and external crises facing the churches are too serious to overcome, or too good to waste. To apply for tickets, please visit the Theos website:www.theosthinktank.co.uk/events.

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On return from his retreat in Rome where he was part of the first Conference of Bishops to meet Pope Francis, Archbishop Vincent Nichols joins Edward to discuss his trip and what the new Pope means for the Catholic Church.

The conviction for "insulting Islam" of Turkey's world renown pianist Fazil Say has put the spotlight on growing concern in Turkey over the freedom to criticize religion. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.

We hear how representatives from North London's Jewish and Muslim communities have come together to do their bit to save the River Jordan and promote peace in the region on a grassroots level.

The theory of the Protestant Work Ethic has been around for more than a century, it went out of fashion for many decades but now research at Gronigen University claims that it is true. Dr André van Hoorn from Gronigen University and Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto from the University of Notre Dame discuss.

Should the proposed new school history curriculum include more topics that are of relevance to ethnic minority pupils? Matthew Tariq Wilkinson believes Muslim history should have greater prominence, but does everyone agree? Trevor Barnes investigates.

In the past fortnight the Nigerian Islamist terror group Boko Haram have turned down an offer of amnesty from the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. In addition to this a new guerrilla group in Nigeria identifying as Christians have sent threats to Muslims. Richard Dowden from the Royal Africa Society joins Edward to discuss these recent developments.

Should religion ever play a role in psychiatry? The GMC recently held a hearing after a doctor allegedly arranged an exorcism for a patient with mental health issues. Edward is joined by Dr Rob Waller and Professor Michael King.

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has announced the launch of an independent Inquiry into the Church's handling of reports of alleged sexual abuse by the late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester. Anne Lawrence who speaks for the Campaign to stop Church Child Abuse gives her reaction to our Presenter Edward Stourton.

Bob Walker continues his three hundred mile journey across Turkey, following in the footsteps of St.Paul.

Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions was founded in Iran around 3,500 years ago. It now has 6,000 followers in the UK and this Sunday they celebrate their New Year. Edward talks to Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, the first Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords, about his campaign to gain more recognition for the contribution this small community makes to society.

Phil Mercer reports from Australia on plans by the new Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, to use his role to lobby against tough new legislative proposals aimed at asylum seekers.

As the campaign for the canonisation of GK Chesterton, gathers momentum, Professor Alison Milbank, author of 'Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians' talks about the qualities of this prolific writer and Catholic convert.

Can Egypt ever be reconciled with itself ? It's a question Edward discusses with His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen and Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University.

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Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Producers: Jill Collins, Zaffar Iqbal

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Anne Lawrence

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

Professor Alison Milbank

HG Bishop Angaelos

Jeremy Bowen

Tariq Ramadan.

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Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, discusses the spirituality in the work of Seamus Heaney, who died this week.

In the aftermath of the UK government's decision not to use military intervention in Syria, Janet Symes, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid and Jehangir Malik, UK Director of Islamic Relief, discuss what will happen next.

Reverend Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, theologian, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He joins William to discuss how to serve the Common Good, the theme of his new book.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will today become the twelfth Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Synagogue and the Commonwealth. But what can be expected of him and what is he likely to bring to the office? Lord Maurice Glasman and Justin Cohen discuss.

Australia's election next week pits Kevin Rudd against Tony Abbott. The leaders' faith has helped to define their political outlook, but they have been criticised for their uncompromising stance on asylum seekers. Phil Mercer reports.

God, faith, the universe, the whole of creation..just a few of things comedian Milton Jones considers in his new book, 'Even More Concise 10 Second Sermons'. He joins William to tell him more.

Its forty years since George Harrison gave Bhaktivedanta Manor to the Hare Krishna Movement. Trevor Barnes travels to the manor in Hertfordshire to take part in the celebrations and and look back at the movement's history.

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Producers: Annabel Deas, Rosie Dawson

Contributors:

Justin Cohen

Lord Maurice Glasman

Milton Jones

Jehangir Malik

Janet Symes

Jim Wallis.

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This week's programme is a special edition from Glasgow examining the state of religion in Scotland

Edward speaks to the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Leo Cushley, who will replace the disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien, to find out what his vision is for the future of the Catholic Church in Scotland.

But what kind of church will the new Archbishop inherit? Our reporter Gavin Walker investigates.

Brother Guy Consolmagno is the Pope's astronomer, but what is the relationship between the Vatican and science? Edward meets him at the Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh to find out.

The Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, recently declared that "God must be a Liberal". As the Liberal Democrats gather in Glasgow for their annual conference we find out why he believes this to be true.

Passage from India is a charity who are working to combat poverty with support from the Church of Scotland. Edward meets the volunteers in Glasgow to discover how a journey to India inspired them.

John Curtice, Tom Gallagher and Sally Foster-Fulton debate the state of religion in Scotland and the role that it may play in the run up to the referendum on independence.

Producers: Annabel Deas, Rosie Dawson

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Contributors;

Brother Guy Consolmagno

Monsignor Leo Cushley

Steve Webb MP

John Curtice

Tom Gallagher

Sally Foster-Fulton.

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Shelagh Fogarty talks to Stephen Timms, Shadow Minister for Employment about the Labour Party's relationship with faith.

Reporter Louise Adamson visits Bishop Edward King Chapel at Ripon College, Oxfordshire, the first religious building to be shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.

Talks aimed at resolving outstanding 'Shared Future' issues have begun in Belfast, but will they resolve anything? Shelagh talks to the Rev Norman Hamilton, a Presbyterian Minister in North Belfast, David McKittrick, Ireland Correspondent for the Independent newspaper and the Rev Alistair Smyth, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

A YouGov poll published this week shows the majority of people in Great Britain are against state funding for faith schools. Professor Linda Woodhead from Lancaster University discusses the findings.

As the controversy over the use of the word 'Yid' in football chants rumbles on, our reporter Bob Walker investigates how football has played a role in shaping British Jewish identity.

The Church's moral structure could "fall like a house of cards" unless it changed, so warns Pope Francis in his first extensive interview. Shelagh talks to Paddy Agnew, the Irish Times' Vatican Correspondent about the Pope's priorities for the future.

And as issues about the full faced veil provoke a Government Minister to call for a national debate, Shelagh Fogarty explores where it may lead with Dr Sara Silvestri, from City University, London and Mirina Paananen, a student at the As-Suffa Institute in Birmingham.

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Jill Collins

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The Rev Norman Hamilton

David McKittrick

The Rev Alistair Smyth

Paddy Agnew

Dr Sara Silvestri

Mirina Paananen

Prof Linda Woodhead.

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Edward Stourton discusses GAFCON, Women Bishops and same-sex marriage with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who is at the Assembly of the World Council of Churches in South Korea.

The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control. Elizabeth Davies from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

Next week is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Trevor Barnes meets victims of Kristallnacht and the historian Simon Schama.

Female MP's in Turkey are wearing headscarves in parliament, marking the end of a ban imposed since the early days of the Turkish Republic. Fadi Hakura from Chatham House joins Edward to discuss what this means.

The Children's Society have released a report on children in Poverty to mark the launch of the Children's Commission on Poverty where young people will closely examine children in poverty for themselves. Bob Walker reports.

Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division of the High Court, declared this week that the role of the judge is no longer to enforce morality. Peter Lynas from Evangelical Alliance and Frank Cranmer, research fellow at Cardiff Law School discuss.

A statistic stating 100,000 Christian martyrs die every year has been reported worldwide since May this year, but where did it come from and what's the evidence for it? Journalist Ruth Alexander enlightens us.

Producers: Annabel Deas and Rosie Dawson

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Ruth Alexander

Frank Cranmer

Elizabeth Davies

Fadi Hakura

Peter Lynas

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

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In a special Easter programme from Belfast, William meets Baroness May Blood asking how Northern Ireland has changed since the signing of the Good Friday agreement. Bishop Harold Miller of the Church of Ireland has said the absence of the Church in the plan for the future of Northern Ireland is "regrettable". And we explore the rise of Islam in Belfast. Also as the Church of England launches a twitter campaign #EasterMeans, Kevin Bocquet asks What is the meaning of Easter? Senior Liberal Democrat MP, Simon Hughes, just back from Ukraine tells William about his meeting with Church leaders. As new figures released by the Trussell Trust demonstrate the extent of food poverty in the UK William asks what that means for the people of Northern Ireland with Rev Kevin Graham from the Church of Ireland and Cormac Wilson - Regional Senior Vice President, Society of St Vincent de Paul. Two victims of the troubles Jude Whyte and Ann Travers debate on how best to deal with the past in Northern Ireland.

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Representatives of the UK's faith communities will be joining veterans and dignitaries for this year's Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph. William Crawley speaks to Qari Asim, senior Imam at Leeds Makkah Mosque, who will be laying a wreath on behalf of Britain's Muslims.

For many of the soldiers on the frontline during the First World War, the Bible they were issued with offered spiritual comfort. As Hazel Southam reports, one bible did more than that. It saved a life.

Why did so many Evangelical Christians vote to elect Donald Trump as the next US President? Author and theologian, Jim Wallis and Charmaine Yoest from the conservative Christian organisation, American Values, debate.

How do America's Muslims feel about their future under a Donald Trump presidency? Zainab Chaudry of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Saba Ahmed, president and founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, share their views.

Terry Waite speaks to Sunday about a new collection of poems, memories and reflections called 'Out of the Silence', to mark the 25th anniversary of his release from captivity in Beirut.

A survey conducted for the Chief Rabbi suggests a quarter of Jewish workers are wary of talking openly about their faith at work and some have difficulty getting time off for important religious festivals. Kevin Bocquet reports.

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In a special edition of the programme from Hampton Court Palace, Edward Stourton goes back to Christmas 1516 to explore the religious, political and social climate of the time.

Tracy Borman, joint Chief-Curator with Historic Royal Palaces tells Edward that 1516 was a good year for Henry VIII. His first child, Mary, had been born and the Christmas celebrations he hosted were described as the most extravagant ever seen.

But England and large parts of mainland Europe were about to change forever as the Protestant Reformation that was to begin in Germany in 1517 spread.

Trevor Barnes reports how the printing press acted as a catalyst, enabling the distribution of newly translated versions of the New Testament undermining the authority of the Pope and the Catholic church.

Fr Anthony Howe, Chaplain to the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court shows Edward his copy of a 1515 Sarum Missal with the name of the Pope scribbled out, demonstrating how liturgy changed in England following the split from Rome.

The broadcaster and early music expert Catherine Bott explores Henry's musical tastes and discusses some of the carols that would have been heard at the time.

Edward gets a taste of a traditional Christmas dish, Plum Possett and discovers what else would have been on the table for people to feast on with food historian Ivan Day.

Dr Matthew Champion from Birkbeck, University of London explores how the religious calendar shaped peoples' lives and then discusses with Tracy Borman some of the key factors which led to the reformation in England.

Producer: David Cook

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

The Boar's Head Carol, In dulci jubilo and Lulling My Liking were performed by St Martin's Voices directed by Andrew Earis.

Photo: Nick Wilkinson/newsteam.co.uk.

A Special Edition Broadcast Live From East London Mosque20150726

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Anglican Communion, Ferguson Anniversary, Holywell Walk20150809
Anglican 'gay Talks' Boycott; Online Radicalisation; 'top 10' Christian Books20141012

This week the conservative evangelical group 'Reform' pulled out of the Church of England's 'shared conversations' on sexuality. Edward Stourton asks whether the deep divisions on this issue can ever be resolved.

Social media, glossy videos and easy access Jihad magazines are all part the recruitment drive for extremist groups like the Islamic State. How are young people drawn in? And what is the best way to counter these messages? Bob Walker reports.

A more balanced approach to economics which takes its inspiration from the Catholic Church is being urged in a new report commissioned by the think tank Theos. We speak to its author.

In the second of three special reports on what ordinary Catholics think about their Church's teaching on family life, Kevin Bocquet speaks to school children and university students.

The Chinese American Christian pastor Bob Fu speaks to Edward about the growth of Christianity in China despite ongoing persecution, and assesses the implications of the recent Hong Kong protests for the mainland.

The Church Times has released its 'top 10 Christian books'. We pick through the list and discuss how theological writing can appeal to the modern reader.

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Dan Tierney

Zaffar Iqbal

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Bishop Alan Wilson

Susie Leafe

Cifford Longley

Bob Fu

Martyn Percy

Chine Mbubaegbu.

Apostasy Family Exclusive, Credit Unions And Assisted Dying20140601

Edward talks, to Gabriel Wani, the brother in law of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, jailed for apostasy in Sudan, and asks, how she is coping following the birth of her daughter in jail this week.

This week the Church of England announced three pilot schemes in an attempt to 'compete' Wonga out of business. Kevin Bocquet visits a scheme at St Andrews Church in Liverpool and asks can the church really be a serious competitor?

We discuss the religious implications in the upcoming Syrian elections with Seyed Ali Alavi, Middle Easter Politics Analyst from SOAS.

Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill will have its first reading in the House of Lords on the 5th June. Rabbi Jonathan Romain and Peter Williams, Executive Officer Right to Life, discuss.

The stoning of a pregnant woman outside a court in Lahore this week has led to renewed concerns about the passive acceptance of this extreme action in Pakistan. Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra explains the religious law that allows stoning.

Three new musical settings of the "Stabat Mater" - the 13th Century Catholic hymn reflecting on Mary's suffering at the crucifixion - are about to receive their world premiere. We speak to the man who commissioned them: John Studzinski.

It's been more than ten years since the launch of the Street Pastors. Trevor Barnes has been out on a night patrol in Brixton with the founder of the movement - Rev Les Isaac.

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Dan Tierney

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Gabriel Wani

Seyed Ali Alavi, Middle Easter Politics Analyst from SOAS

Rabbi Jonathan Romain

Peter Williams Executive Officer Right to Life

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra

John Studzinski

Rev Les Isaac.

Archbishop Of Westminster; Holy Relic; Death Cafe20131027

Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster, calls on Business to help serve society. William Crawley visits Belfast Cathedral to see the relics of St Anthony of Padua which are being taken on a UK tour by Father Mario Conte. David Cameron has announced plans to make government finance schemes available to Islamic students and entrepreneurs ahead of the World Islamic Economic Forum next week, Wayne Evans explains why. The head of Polish Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, has apologised for saying that child abuse by priests often occurs because children from broken homes are "searching for love". Adam Easton reports from Warsaw on the controversy surrounding the Archbishop. Are Jewish claimants being denied benefit because they refuse to work on Saturdays? Rosie Dawson reports. Trevor Barnes visits a Death Café - and lives to tell the tale. Edward Stourton talks to the Syrian scholar Sheikh Mohammed al-Yaqoubi. His open defiance of the Assad regime and his support for the continuing uprising meant he had to flee the country and he now lives in exile. Dr Yaakov Wise speaks on behalf of the seven Rabbis who published a letter calling for the Chief Rabbi not to attend Limmud the Jewish festival of learning.

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Archbishop Vincent Nicholls

Adam Easton

Wayne Evans

Sheikh Mohammed al-Yaqoubi

Yaakov Wise

Father Mario Conte

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols; Muslim Lifestyle Expo; Church of the Ragamuffins20161030

Archbishop Vincent Nichols; Muslim Lifestyle Expo; Church of the Ragamuffins20161030

William Crawley talks to Archbishop Vincent Nichols about the Santa Marta anti-trafficking conference which brought together police chiefs, the Home Secretary and the Catholic Church in Rome this week.

William visits the Muslim Lifestyle Expo to hear how global brands are waking-up to one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the world.

Steve Chalke from Oasis UK joins William to discuss how his organisation has set-up what he refers to as a 'safe house' for child migrants arriving in the UK from the Jungle Camp in Calais.

Bob Walker reports on the 'Church for Ragamuffins' in Luton which has been set up to support recovering alcohol and drug addicts.

Halloween gets bigger every year as a retail event but does it also move further away from it's ancient pagan and religious roots? Professor Ronald Hutton joins William Crawley.

One of the largest compensation claims against the Catholic Church begins tomorrow at the High Court in Leeds. Over two hundred men say they were abused at the St William's approved school in in East Yorkshire. The BBC's Caroline Bilton has been following the story.

The Protestant Reformation is often dated to 31st October 1517 when Martin Luther is supposed to have nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. But would the Reformation have happened without Luther? Dr Linda Briggs and Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch discuss.

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Helen Lee

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Becket relic, Transgender Christians, Humanitarian Summit20160522

Becket relic, Transgender Christians, Humanitarian Summit20160522

A fragment of bone believed to have come from the body of St Thomas Becket is to return to England from Hungary for the first time in more than 800 years in what's being hailed as a vivid symbol of reconciliation between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Trevor Barnes reports.

Ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week Sandrine Tiller explains why Medecins Sans Frontieres will be boycotting the event after the organisation branded it 'a fig-leaf of good intentions'. Matthew Carter from Catholic relief agency CAFOD discusses why he will be attending the summit with Mehmet Ugu, Professor of Economics and Institutions, University of Greenwich.

Baroness Warsi talks to Mike Wooldridge about her design competition to create a contemporary place of worship for 21st Century Britain.

Konstantin Von Eggert joins Mike Wooldridge to explore what President Putin's pilgrimage to the monastic community of Mount Athos says about Church/State relations in post-communist Russia.

Sunday is joined by members of the 'Mixed Up Chorus' - the multi-faith choir closing this Sunday's London Interfaith Music Festival.

In view of figures that show congregations in the Church of Scotland have dropped by a third in the last 10 years, Rev Norman Smith explains the Kirk's plans to create a virtual congregation.

Rev Rachel Mann reviews a new book giving voice to transgender Christians and the editor of 'This is My Body', Christian Beardsley, tells Mike Wooldridge why it was a project whose time had come.

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Peter Everett

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The two-week long Catholic Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, beginning this weekend, will consider how the Church can work better with families in the modern world. The question is: will anything change as a result of this gathering of senior clergy? Bob Walker reports. William Crawley speaks to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who's leading the Synod delegation from England and Wales.

A Qur'an manuscript dated among the oldest in the world has gone on display in Birmingham this week. Its discovery has led to the questioning of the dating of Qur'an. Kevin Bocquet reports.

As the Saudi authorities launch an investigation into the Hajj stampede, what does last week's event tell us about the Saudi Royal Family? Can they sustain the support of the Muslim world and carry on being custodians of Islam's two holiest shrines? William speaks to Middle East analyst Bill Law.

William talks to Alister McGrath, author of ' Inventing the Universe: Why We Can't Stop Talking About Science, Faith and God'.

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, expresses his concerns on the latest stage of the government's plans for 'countering extremism' which will be discussed at the Conservative Party Conference this week.

This weekend Germany will be celebrating 25 years of unification but will it be overshadowed by a sense of unease about the influx of up to 1 million asylum seekers into the country? William will discuss this with the Rev Dr Christophe Tylermann and Dr Riem Spielhaus.

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Zaffar Iqbal

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Bishop George Bell, Cinema Ad Ban, Islam's Reformation20151122

Violent events in Paris and Mali have once again drawn attention to Islam, the world's fastest growing religion. Usama Hassan, an Islamic theologian with the Quilliam Foundation, said this week that Islam was experiencing its own 'reformation' and needed more time to 'adapt to the modern world'. He debates with Martin Palmer from the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

Following the recent settlement by the Church of England of a legal civil claim for sexual abuse by the late George Bell, the former Bishop of Chichester, his legacy in the city and Church is now being challenged. Rosie Dawson reports.

Next week Pope Francis makes his first trip to Africa. Wairimu Gitahi reports from Kenya on the issues that he will address when he is there.

In the past few weeks two thousand Mormons have resigned from the church, upset over new policies that declare same-sex couples apostates. Laura Bicker tells Edward about the fall out.

There are over 800 thousand Catholics serving in the US Armed Services but only 217 military chaplains to meet their pastoral needs. Archbishop Timothy Broglio tells us why Priests are in such short supply.

Uganda's President Musevini faces a serious challenge when his country goes to the polls next year. Bishop David Zac Niringiye of All Saints Cathedral in Kampala tells Edward why he believes the UK has a role in helping his country towards peaceful, free and fair elections.

The Church of England has said it is "bewildered" by the refusal of the country's leading cinemas to show an advert of The Lord's Prayer. Bishop David Walker and Keith Porteus Wood of the National Secular Society discuss why there is a problem with cinemas showing religious ads.

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Carmel Lonergan

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The Bishop of Portsmouth speaks to William Crawley about the end of shipbuilding in his city.

Trevor Barnes meets key members of the Somali Community in London to discover why young Somali's are at risk of involvement with Al-Shabaab

Angela Robson visits Zoroastrianism exhibition, The everlasting flame.

We mark Remembrance Sunday with two men associated with Biggin Hill and it's role during the 2nd World War - RAF Veteran, Flight Lt Rodney Scrase DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) and Rev Chris Baker.

Decades of war among ethnic groups and rebel forces in eastern Congo have killed millions and displaced an estimated 1.7 million Congolese, according to the U.N. refugee agency with rape used by armed groups to intimidate and demoralize communities. Kati Whitaker has just returned from DRC and presents the first of two special reports.

Is there anything that can be done to protect the religious and historical sites in the middle of a civil war? William Crawley has been talking to Karin Hendili from UNESCOs World Heritage Cities programme.

Producers: Carmel Lonergan

Rosie Dawson

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Bishop of Portsmouth, Rt Rev Christopher Foster

Flight Lt Rodney Scrase

Rev Chris Baker

Karin Hendili.

Bishop Peter Ball, New Sustainable Development Goals, Nigeria's Noisy Churches20150913

It's alleged there was a 'backroom deal' between the CPS, the police and Church of England to avoid a damaging trial of a senior Bishop for indecent assault and gross indecency in the 1990's. This week Bishop Peter Ball plead guilty to a series of historic sex offences against 18 young men between the 1970s and 90s. William Crawley asks why the original charges were dropped and where it leaves the Church today.

Migrants from Syria continue to arrive at the Hungarian border. William speaks to the Catholic Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo who believes the vast numbers of people entering Europe pose a serious threat to the continent's 'Christian universal values.'

Dr Sara Silvestri and Professor Emeritus Grace Davie discuss the reality of the 'threat' to Europe's Christian values and the continents long running debate about Christianity being a core part of its identity.

The MP and former Synod member Frank Field looks at the new Labour leader from a 'faith' perspective and reflects on what their election means for the moral and ethical direction of the party.

Later this month new targets for sustainable development goals will be set. Faith leaders gathered in Bristol to debate how they could contribute to the ambitious goals. Kevin Bocquet reports.

"She kissed a girl and she liked it and then on a steaming hot day in down town LA she saw the home of her dreams". What would Raymond Chandler make of Katy Perry wanting to buy a convent in Los Angeles? Reporter David Willis pens the saga.

Dozens of churches in Lagos have been shut down because they are too noisy. They will only be allowed to reopen once they have paid a fine. Will Ross reports.

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David Cook

Zaffar Iqbal

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Bob Holman, Lindisfarne dig, Referendum and beyond20160626

Bob Holman, Lindisfarne dig, Referendum and beyond20160626

William Crawley talks two people from the world of religion who campaigned to leave the EU about their vision for the future of Britain. Adrian Hilton from Christians for Britain and Saqib Bhatti from Muslims for Britain.

He gave up a successful academic career to go and live on a council estate in Glasgow in order to help people living there. We hear about the life of Christian Socialist Bob Holman who died last week.

100 years ago Europe was gripped in war and the Battle of the Somme began. The Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin and Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, talk to William Crawley about their pilgrimage to the battlefields of the Somme this week.

Monsignor Hector Henao reveals his role in helping to negotiate peace between the Colombian Government and the FARC Guerrillas.

Winner of Israel's 2014 Masterchef Arab Israeli Dr Nof Atamna-Ismaeel talks about how she's bringing Arab and Israelis together through food.

Geoff Bird has been to join the world's first crowd funded archaeological dig on Lindisfarne to uncover its buried religious history.

It's been National Refugee Week and Kevin Bocquet has been to see what its like to be a refugee in Britain today.

David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, joins William Crawley live to discuss issue of asylum seekers, immigration and the referendum result.

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Catherine Earlam

Peter Everett

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Amanda Hancox

Photo: Photograph Courtesy of DigVentures.

Canal chaplains, The religious vote in the US election, Epitaphs of the Great War20161106

Canal chaplains, The religious vote in the US election, Epitaphs of the Great War20161106

A senior Church of England Bishop has said we should be "very alarmed" at the way the newspapers reacted to the High Court decision that Parliament needs to vote on the triggering of Article 50 - the process which will take Britain out of the EU. The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines quoted a Daily Mail headline that called the judges, 'Enemies of the People." He debates with the Daily Mail's Stephen Glover.

Hazel Southam investigates a new scheme to boost the number of chaplains working on Britain's waterways.

Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, religion reporter for the Washington Post, discuss the importance of religion in next week's Presidential election, in particular the Catholic and Jewish vote.

Police in Bangladesh have arrested dozens more people in connection with what's been called a synchronised attack on members of the Hindu minority. The BBC's Charles Haviland reports.

The Church in Wales has appointed Canon Joanna Penberthy as the first woman Bishop of St Davids in Pembrokeshire. She tells Edward about her early days in the church when attitudes to women were very different.

This year's remembrance commemorations coincide with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. A new book compiles some of the epitaphs written by the families of the dead. Edward speaks to Sarah Wearne, author of "Epitaphs of the Great War: The Somme".

This week sees the opening of the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality. The Director, the Rev June Boyce-Tillman and Dr Brian Inglis, composer and senior lecturer in music at Middlesex University explain why they see the relationship between music and spirituality as an important area for exploration.

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David Cook

Peter Everett

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Amanda Hancox.

Canon Andrew White, Women Bishops, Spiritual Music20140622

Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad talks to Edward about the plight of Christian's in Iraq.

In Berlin, a project to have a mosque, a synagogue and a church under the same roof is under way. It was organised by a Protestant pastor who says it's unique - in no other place do the three faiths share premises. Steve Evans reports. We speak to Catholic historian and writer Michael Walsh to assess the works of the Vatican Bank and its future as the Pope took the unprecedented step of sacking four of the five Cardinals appointed to oversee the activities of the Bank. We assess the life and legacy of Rabbi Nachman Sudak who died last week. A leader in the Lubavitch community

Rabbi Shmuel Lew tells us why he was so influential. This year's City of London Festival is celebrating girls' cathedral choirs with a new commission. Composer Judith Bingham tells Sunday about the work and how the century's old tradition of boy's choirs is complimented by an ever-increasing number of girls' choirs.It's 50 years since permanent deacons were allowed to be ordained in the Catholic Church. Kevin Bocquet reports on what the diaconate has brought to the Church at a time when vocations to the priesthood are falling. Today the Fes festival has become not only very popular but a beacon of religious tolerance and religious pluralism in the middle of the Muslim world. John Laurenson reports.As the vote for women bishops looms in Synod in a few weeks we look at the psychology of change with Professor Marilyn Davidson from Manchester Business School.

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Carmel Lonergan

Zaffar Iqbal

Editor

Christine Morgan

Contributors

Canon Andrew White

Michaael Walsh

Judith Bingham

Professor Marilyn Davidson

Rabbi Shmuel Lew.

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Cathedral money makers, Donald Trump and the religious right, Managing Britain's mosques20160403

Cathedral money makers, Donald Trump and the religious right, Managing Britain's mosques20160403

Revelations that senior members of two mosques in Scotland have held office in a proscribed organisation have raised fears of a 'power crisis' in some British mosques. Edward chairs a panel to discuss and debate these concerns.

Deans from Anglican cathedrals gather in Liverpool for their annual conference next week. On the agenda, how to use the cathedral space to maximise revenue. Kevin Bocquet hears how pop concerts help bring in funds for salaries and roof repairs.

Jasvinder Sanghera is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse. She tells Edward how her story contributed to the BBC 1 drama 'Murdered by my Father'. Support groups: http://bbc.in/1ULsaNJ

The publicity-shy Alawite community in Syria have released a document setting out their views on the future of the country, refusing to support President Bashar al-Assad, who is himself an Alawite. Professor Michael Kerr explains why they have done this now.

The Anglican Consultative Council begins in Lusaka next week. Three African churches say they will not attend because the Episcopal Church from the US, which blesses same-sex relationships, will be there. Ruth Gledhill unpicks the arguments from both sides.

Why are so many evangelical voters across the southern US voting for Donald Trump, a man who has said he does not ask God for forgiveness for his sins? Joe Miller reports from the largest Christian university in the world.

Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family will be released next week. Austen Ivereigh explains what this could mean for divorced and remarried Catholics.

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David Cook

Helen Lee

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Chaplains, Burning Temple, Jean Vanier20150315

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Chester Mystery Plays; Sunni-shia Tension; God In Hip-hop20130623

Archbishop of Canterbury will visit Egypt , Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Oliver McTernan highlights the issues he will face.

Judy Merry reports on the Chester Mystery Plays, the once every 5 years dramatization of Bible stories with 'a Chester twist', and one of the biggest pieces of community theatre in the country.

The American Hip-Hop artist Kanye West released his much anticipated fourth album this week titled 'Yeezus'. As religious language is used in so many songs, we analyse the relationship and influence religion has on hip-hop music.

Are Muslim Sunni and Shia tensions ignited by the Syrian conflict fermenting sectarian divisions within the UK? Sheykh Mohammed Al-Hilli and Mohammed Ansar debate this.

The mother of modern witchcraft - Doreen Valiente - is being honoured this week by having a blue plaque unveiled in her name. We speak to Ashley Mortimer, a trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation, about her life.

A conference next week will examine extreme spiritual experiences. But how much are they healthy spiritual awakenings or distressing mental illnesses? Trevor Barnes reports.

As protests continue in Brazil, Vincent Deely, who works in the favelas in Sao Paolo, talks to William Crawley about how the churches are responding to the unrest.

Exodus the world's oldest and largest ex-gay Christian organisation has had a change of heart. We hear from Jeremy Marks who was expelled from Exodus some years ago.

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Sheykh Mohammed Al-Hilli

Mohammed Ansar

Ashley Mortimer

Vincent Deely

Jeremy Marks.

Clergy Safety; Anti-nuclear Nun; Secrets Of The Ark20140126

In a special report Kevin Bocquet investigates clergy safety and asks what kind of safety provisions are made for those working ministry.

As the fires of protest continue to burn in the Ukraine we explore the role the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate has played in the political unrest, from sheltering demonstrators to leading hymns in Independence Square.

Trevor Barnes visits the British museum to meet Dr Irving Finkel who has deciphered the secrets of the ark in the recently discovered Babylonian cuneiform tablet.

As the world's economic and business elites gather in Davos the first church bank opens in Kent. William talks to the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Wilmott, about the project and what difference it might make.

Its 70 years since the ordination of the first women priest, a Chinese Anglican whose faith was oppressed for much of her life. Christian Rees talks to William about Rev Dr Florence Lim Tim-Oi.

Is there such a thing as a religious vote in the UK? William Crawley discusses that question with Maria Sobolewska, a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester and Nick Spencer Research Director at Theos, as a report sheds new light on the subject.

The New York Times described it as "the biggest security breach" in the nation's atomic history. Matt Wells reports on the 83 year old American nun facing up to 20 years in prison for a protest at a nuclear weapons facility.

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Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Clergy safety; Anti-nuclear nun; Secrets of the ark20140126

'earth-walker' Satish Kumar, Sikh Weddings Row, The 'religion Of Human Rights'20160918

Edward Stourton talks to The Tablet journalist Christopher Lamb about Pope Francis' visit to Assisi 30 years after Pope John Paul II attended the historic meeting for the first World Peace Day; Trevor Barnes looks at the row over mixed-faith weddings in Sikh temples; Jewish students fight the movement for sanctions against Israel; Rahul Tanton tells Edward about the growth of 'cow vigilantes' as the Indian government cracks down on the illicit cattle trade; putting God into London Fashion Week - as the Church of England releases the video "God and Fashion", Edward asks Simon Ward, author of "The Character of Fashion" what God has to do with fashion; Bob Walker walks with Satish Kumar as he sets out on his 50 mile pilgrimage at the age of 80 and are 'human rights' a Christian concept? Nick Spencer and Julian Baggini discuss.

Producers; Peter Everett, Dan Tierney

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Escape from Isis; Tutu's Daughter's Call to Anglicanism; Religion and Fidel Castro20161127

Escape from Isis; Tutu's Daughter's Call to Anglicanism; Religion and Fidel Castro20161127

In his first UK broadcast interview the Syrian Catholic priest captured by IS, Father Jacques Mourad, talks to Sima Kotecha about his ordeal and the circumstances of his release.

One of the largest surveys of UK Sikh's was published this week. Its authors argue the results will lead to a shake-up of the Government's approach to the needs of British Sikhs. Dr Obinderjit Kaur Takhar talks about its findings.

The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu van Furth, talks to Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker about giving up her priest's license in order to marry her female partner and why she thinks it's time that the Anglican Church took a different view on same-sex marriage.

As the world reflects on the life and impact of Fidel Castro, Austen Ivereigh talks to Sima Kotecha about his complex relationship with religion.

A camera designed for astrophysics research has helped to bring 150 thousand Birmingham Muslims together for morning prayers. Dr Shahid Merali, the man behind the innovative project, explains why.

Last year 824,300 people attended Cathedral Advent services - the highest for a decade. This Advent Sunday Hazel Southam reports on why more and more people are attracted to Cathedral.

Segregation along racial lines is still a major issue in UK Pentecostal churches. An event bringing black and white churches together happened this weekend and Trevor Barnes went along to meet Dr Joe Aldred and Dr Andrew Davies and find out why things might be starting to change.

Producers: Catherine Earlam

Dan Tierney

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Fighting Ebola, Choosing Childlessness, A Good Brew.20151011

Although the West is alarmed by President Putin's military intervention in Syria, he has widespread support at home. We report on why the Russian Orthodox church has called it a "holy war" and the country's Inter-religious council has also backed the action.

It's one hundred years since a Norfolk nurse was executed by the Germans for helping prisoners of war escape from Occupied Belgium. Kate Adie reflects on the world-wide impact of the death of Edith Cavell.

More than half of the 27,000 people infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa come from Sierra Leone, and while the medical crisis is easing, the long term effects on the communities affected are only now beginning to emerge. Kati Whitaker presents the first of two special reports for the programme this week.

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The art of a good homebrew owes a lot to medieval monasteries. The recipe still used by the monks at Ampleforth Abbey dates back to the 17th century. Andrew Fletcher reports on what they might have to teach the burgeoning microbreweries today.

Nigerian Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso, says calls on the Catholic Synod on the Family to discuss gay marriage are a distraction imposed by the Western media. Meanwhile, Professor Joel Baden suggests that the Synod should take seriously Biblical texts which honour childlessness.

When loved ones die, the last thing grieving relatives need are additional financial burdens. Church Action on poverty claims that the cost of a funeral has risen by nearly 80% in the last 10 years and are calling on clergy to help to reduce the impact of " funeral poverty."

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Producer Rosie Dawson

Peter Everett

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First Woman Bishop, The Pope And Cuba, 60 Years Of Carols From Kings20141221

Following the school massacre in Peshawar this week, Edward Stourton discusses the origins of the Pakistani Taliban and analyses what this latest atrocity means for the country with Dr Ayesha Siddiqa and Prof Iftikhar Malik.

The Rev Libby Lane will become the first female bishop of the Church of England when she is installed as bishop of Stockport in the New Year. Bob Walker has been to the diocese of Stockport to hear the views from the pews.

Following the historic move to restore diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, the programme explores the influential role the Pope and the Vatican played in the negotiations.

John Muir, the Scottish naturalist and founding father of America's National Parks, died 100 years ago on Christmas Eve. Mary Colwell from Radio 4's Shared Planet explores how his spirituality shaped his influential work in conservation.

Matt Wells reports from New York on the rebuilding of a Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero which was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

And this year marks the 60th anniversary of the first TV broadcast of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge. Trevor Barnes takes a look behind the scenes of this year's service.

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Peter Everett

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Rev Libby Lane

Dr Ayesha Siddiqa

Professor Iftikhar Malik

John Allen

Mary Colwell.

Flat-pack Byzantine church, John Sentamu, Muslim attitudes to homosexuality20160619

Flat-pack Byzantine church, John Sentamu, Muslim attitudes to homosexuality20160619

Trevor Barnes visits a Byzantine Church in Oxford constructed from a flat-pack dating back to 550 AD.

Following the grief and disbelief caused by the murder of MP Jo Cox, the Archbishop of York - Dr John Sentamu - talks about the impact of her death.

Pope Francis will be in Armenia in a few days time to visit a memorial dedicated to the 1.5M victims of what he described last year as "the first genocide of the 20th century." It is a trip which may further strain the Vatican's diplomatic relations with Turkey. John Allen - editor of the global Catholic website 'Crux' - will be travelling with the Papal party.

The Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes talks publically for the first time on why he has changed his mind on the issue of sexuality.

Susie Chidzik and twins Tomos and Ciaran Bevan have learning disabilities. They travel to Rome next week to take part in 'Living Fully', an event designed to promote debate on the role of disabled people in the Church. They chat to Edward about their faith and they are joined by the co-director of the Kairos Forum - Cristina Gangemi - who explains 'disability theology'.

Yolande Knell reports from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem where major restoration work has begun on Jesus's tomb.

Journalist Asad Dhunna is gay and a Muslim. In the aftermath of the shootings in Orlando, he discusses Islam's attitude to homosexuality with Imam Asad Zaman.

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Flat-pack Byzantine Church, John Sentamu, Muslim Attitudes To Homosexuality20160619

Trevor Barnes visits a Byzantine Church in Oxford constructed from a flat-pack dating back to 550 AD.

Following the grief and disbelief caused by the murder of MP Jo Cox, the Archbishop of York - Dr John Sentamu - talks about the impact of her death.

Pope Francis will be in Armenia in a few days time to visit a memorial dedicated to the 1.5M victims of what he described last year as "the first genocide of the 20th century." It is a trip which may further strain the Vatican's diplomatic relations with Turkey. John Allen - editor of the global Catholic website 'Crux' - will be travelling with the Papal party.

The Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes talks publically for the first time on why he has changed his mind on the issue of sexuality.

Susie Chidzik and twins Tomos and Ciaran Bevan have learning disabilities. They travel to Rome next week to take part in 'Living Fully', an event designed to promote debate on the role of disabled people in the Church. They chat to Edward about their faith and they are joined by the co-director of the Kairos Forum - Cristina Gangemi - who explains 'disability theology'.

Yolande Knell reports from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem where major restoration work has begun on Jesus's tomb.

Journalist Asad Dhunna is gay and a Muslim. In the aftermath of the shootings in Orlando, he discusses Islam's attitude to homosexuality with Imam Asad Zaman.

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Amanda Hancox

Peter Everett.

Football, 1975 Referendum, The Queen20160612

As the nation celebrates the Sovereign's 90th Birthday, Mark Greene - co-author of 'The Servant Queen and the King She Serves' - talks to Edward Stourton about the Queen's faith.

There is currently a campaign in Australia to repeal a law which allows people to use a so-called 'gay panic' defence in murder cases; if someone makes a sexual advance, you can claim that was the reason you lost control and killed them. The growing demand to change this law is being led by Roman Catholic priest Fr Paul Kelly.

Hazel Southam visits St Luke's Church in Wolverhampton - which is on the Church of England's top ten endangered buildings list - to investigate the problems faced by congregations who find themselves in charge of historic buildings.

The Pan-orthodox Council taking place on Crete next week has been in the planning since the 1920s. In fact, the last one was held over 1000 years ago. Russian Orthodox priest Fr Cyril Hovorun explains why the alliance between the orthodox churches is so fragile.

Rosie Dawson speaks to Libby Lane and Philip North who have been the bishops of Stockport and Burnley for 18 months. They discuss their friendship, which has not always been easy as they hold opposing views on the ordination of women.

As EURO 2016 gets underway, three football fanatics discuss their faith and the beautiful game.

Historian Dr Robert Saunders talks to Edward about the churches' role during the 1975 EEC referendum campaign.

A UN committee has called on the British government to repeal a law that school children in the UK to take part in a daily act of Christian worship. Dr Alison Mawhinney analyses the UN's concerns.

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Helen Lee

David Cook

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Free Schools, Women Bishops Row And Boko Haram20150125

William Crawley looks at the religious power and influence behind the throne as Saudi Arabia mourns the death of King Abdullah.

How can the Church of England stop the slow decline in the number of people attending services? It's an issue that will be discussed in depth at next month's meeting of the General Synod. Bob Walker reports.

We'll hear the remarkable spiritual journey of Slovakian Jewish Holocaust survivor - Miriam Freedman - who went on to become a teacher of yoga in London and then a follower of Sufism.

The Catholic Archdiocese of St Paul in Minneapolis has filed for bankruptcy protection saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse. Madeleine Baran talks to William about this unprecedented move.

This week, a Christian Free School in Durham became the third free school to be closed by the government. Twenty-four hours later another Christian free school in Sunderland was put into special measures. Trevor Barnes looks at the situation now and asks whether these examples point to wider issues in religious free schools?

The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama calls for military intervention from the west to curb attacks by Boko Haram.

On Monday Libby Lane will be consecrated, becoming the first female Bishop in the C of E. The Archbishop of York will lay hands on Rev Libby Lane when she becomes Bishop of Stockport on Monday, but will not do the same when Rev Philip North becomes Bishop of Burnley. Ruth Gledhill explains the new measures.

Contributors

Miriam Freedman

Madeleine Baran

Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama

Ruth Gledhill

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Carmel Lonergan

Peter Everett

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Amanda Hancox.

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

French Nativity Row, Ethical Investment, Brighton Royal Pavilion 100 Years Ago20141214

As part of the BBC's "A life less lonely" project Kati Whittaker went to meet Stafford Whiteaker, a hermit monk now in his 80s.

100 years ago this month, the Brighton Royal Pavilion became the hospital ward for hundreds of Indian soldiers wounded in the the war. Rosie Dawson reports.

As Christmas approaches, John Laurenson tells Edward Stourton why secularists have been appealing to the courts to ban the life-size nativity scenes that many local authorities display at this time of year.

Kevin Bocquet looks at the complexities of ethical investments as the Church of England comes under increasing pressure to stop investing in fossil fuels.

A new parliamentary report highlights the extent of religious persecution in North Korea and calls on the UK government to do more to address the issue. Baroness Elizabeth Berridge talks to Edward.

William Crawley tells Edward Stourton why an iced cake with a message supporting same sex marriage has sparked a row in Northern Ireland has led to First Minister Peter Robinson giving his backing to a draft amendment to equality legislation which would permit businesses to refuse goods and services if they go against the supplier's religious beliefs.

A hundred years ago Britain re-established formal diplomatic relations with the Holy See. Francis Campbell, former Ambassador to the Holy See, explains why it is a key diplomatic posting.

Celibacy could have contributed to the instances of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, says a report by the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council in Australia. Phil Mercer reports.

Producers

David Cook

Carmel Lonergan

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Amanda Hancox

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Stafford Whiteaker

Baroness Elizabeth Berridge

Francis Campbell.

Gaza, Iraqi Christians, Pompeii of the north20140727

Gaza, Iraqi Christians, Pompeii of the north20140727

As diplomatic efforts continue to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza, Oliver McTernan, Director of Forward Thinking describes the mood of the discussions he has been conducting in the region.

There's a drive by African and Caribbean church leaders in the UK to encourage more black people to be politically and socially active. Bob Walker reports on why, for decades, this issue has proved such a struggle.

In a continuing series on the religious responses to WW1 Rahul Tandon reports on the thousands of Sikhs who went to fight and looks at how they are remembered today.

Christians in Iraq are facing increasing danger. Last week ISIS gave Christians in Mosul an ultimatum to leave, pay a tax or convert to Islam. BBC Correspondent Jiyar Gol is just back from Iraq and Archbishop Toma Dawod tells Edward why he is frustrated by the slow response to this crisis.

Excavations at a Roman site in County Durham have revealed the 'Pompeii of the North' according to archaeologists. Dr David Petts explains what these findings show about Christianity in Roman Britain.

We review of the latest statistics from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission and ask why there has been an increase in the number of parishes without a representative in place to monitor child safety.

The Pope and the Dalai Lama have millions of Twitter followers leaving the Archbishop of Canterbury trailing with around 60,000. Vicky Beeching gives Edward some tips to help the Archbishop boost his online flock.

Producers

David Cook

Zaffar Iqbal

Editor

Amanda Hancox

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Danny Sullivan

Archbishop Toma Dawod

Dr David Petts

Oliver McTernan

Vicky Beeching.

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Editor: David Coomes

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8.50 Sue Lawley speaks for the Week's Good Cause on behalf of International Social Services of the UK, a charity which helps individuals and families with personal and social Problems requiring co-operation with other countries.

DONATIONS TO: ISS (UK)[address removed] Credit cards: [number removed]

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Producer Christine Morgan

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8.10 Sunday Papers

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Religious news with Gerry Northam.

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E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Gerry Northam

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Religious news and current affairs.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester

E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester

E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Producer: Phil Pegum

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Religious news with Martin Bashir.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester

E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Martin Bashir.

Producer: Phil Pegum

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Religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester

E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester

E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Producer: Phil Pegum

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Gerry Northam with religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester

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Gerry Northam with religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

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Unknown: Gerry Northam

Producer: Phil Pegum

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Unknown: Gerry Northam

Producer: Phil Pegum

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Trevor Barnes with religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Trevor Barnes with religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Trevor Barnes

Producer: Phil Pegum.

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Unknown: Trevor Barnes

Producer: Phil Pegum.

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Trevor Barnes with religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed] WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Trevor Barnes with religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed] WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Gerry Northam

Producer: Phil Pegum.

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Unknown: Gerry Northam

Producer: Phil Pegum.

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: [number removed]

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: [number removed]

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Ernest Rea presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Ernest Rea

Producer: Phil Pegum

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Ernest Rea presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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With Gerry Northam.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ. E-MAIL: sunday@>bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Gerry Northam.

Producer: Phil Pegum

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ. E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [number removed] WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031.

BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed] WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Presented by Gerry Northam.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Presented By: Gerry Northam.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed] WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed].WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ. E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [number removed]WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed].

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbcxo.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: [number removed]. WRITE TO:

Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ

E-MAIL: sunday<S>bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Religious news with Gerry Northam.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [address removed] WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Gerry Northam.

Producer: Phil Pegum.

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031, BBC North, PC Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ. E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: [number removed] WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ.

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]. WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031,

BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester M60 1SJ

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Gerry Northam presents religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

Producer Phil Pegum. PHONE: (0161) [number removed]WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ. E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents more religious news.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Phil Pegum

PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5031, BBC North, PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Gerry Northam presents a special programme from Bethlehem.

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Rosemary Dawson PHONE: (0161) [number removed]

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5031. BBC North. PO Box 27. Manchester M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Gerry Northam

Producer: Rosemary Dawson

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Religious news with Colin Morris.

8.00 News and at 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Christine Morgan

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Unknown: Colin Morris.

Producer: Christine Morgan

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with Colin Morris.

Producer Christine Morgan

8.00 News. 8.10 Sunday Papers

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Unknown: Colin Morris.

Producer: Christine Morgan

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With Colin Morris.

8.00 News. 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Christine Morgan

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Unknown: Colin Morris.

Producer: Christine Morgan

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with Colin Morris.

Producer Christine Morgan

8.00 News 8.10 Sunday Papers

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Unknown: Colin Morris.

Producer: Christine Morgan

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Religious news with Colin Morris.

8.00 News. 8.10 Sunday Papers Producer Christine Morgan

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Unknown: Colin Morris.

Producer: Christine Morgan

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Roger Bolton presents religious news. Producer Rachel Hawkes

WRITE TO: Sunday, Room 5063, BBC North, PO Box 27, Manchester. M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Roger Bolton

Producer: Rachel Hawkes

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Roger Bolton presents religious news. Producer Rachel Hawkes

WRITE TO: Sunday. Room 5063. BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester, M60 1SJ E-MAIL: sunday@bbc.co.uk

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Unknown: Roger Bolton

Producer: Rachel Hawkes

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Roger Bolton reviews the religious Stories that have shaped 1998.

Producer Abigail Saxon WRITE TO Sunday. Room 5063. BBC North. PO Box 27, Manchester. M60 1SJ

E-MAIL sunday@bbc Co uk

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Unknown: Roger Bolton

Producer: Abigail Saxon

Germanwings Crash, Women Bishops, Child Soldiers20150329

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Graves shed light on early Christianity, Salafi Muslim women, The ethics of cryonics20161120

Graves shed light on early Christianity, Salafi Muslim women, The ethics of cryonics20161120

The conservative Anglican group GAFCON UK have released a document listing clergy who they say have 'violated' the Church of England's 'authoritative teaching on sexuality'. GAFCON's chairman Andy Lines defends the strategy in a debate with the Bishop of Salisbury Nicholas Holtam who has called the statement, 'outrageous'.

In a report to be released next week the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, say religious fundamentalism is more 'lethal than ever seen before'. The report's editor, John Pontifex joins Edward.

Alex Strangwayes- Booth reports on the growing number of Gypsies and Travellers in England who say they have given up drinking alcohol and fortune-telling because they've joined a new Christian movement called Light and Life.

The German Islamic organisation that calls itself 'True Religion' was banned on Tuesday after the authorities accused it of recruiting jihadists. Professor Peter Neumann from King's College London tells Edward more about the group.

Dr Anabel Inge is the first researcher to have gained open access to women in the UK Salafi community. Her new book, 'The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion' has just been published.

The discovery of eighty Anglo-Saxon graves in East Anglia was publicised this week. Kevin Bouquet takes a look at some of the skeletons and finds out why researchers say they are providing new information about early Christianity.

A court has ruled that a terminally-ill 14-year-old girl could have her body cryogenically preserved in the hope she could later be brought back to life. Professor John Harris and Professor John Millbank debate the ethical issues raised by the decision.

Producers:

David Cook

Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox

Photo courtesy of MOLA.

Hindu Cremations. Medieval Graffiti, Sport And Theology20150712

Historical Food, Interfaith Dining And Food Wars20131229

Rabbi Yehuda Brodie, head of the Manchester Beth Din; Father Ian Delinger, a chaplain at the University of Chester and Zulfi Karim, secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques, share a meal together in which each has made a course which highlights certain religious significances for their faiths.

The BBC's Delhi Correspondent Soutik Biswas talks to William about an ambitious new Food Security Bill which recently became law in India.

There's been a well-documented growth in the number of Food Banks across the country in recent years. It's estimated 80 per cent of Anglican parishes are involved in providing free food to people on low incomes. Bob Walker's been visiting food banks in Nottingham to look at the work of the different religions in providing food for those in need.

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, talks to William about their goals and stumbling blocks for 2014.

Ever since the ancient Greeks and Romans, generals and politicians have used their ability to supply or withhold food as a way to control both their friends and their enemies. Those who suffer the most are the weakest, especially children. What can be done to stop food being used as a weapon of war? Tim Lang from City University and Justin Byworth from World Vision discuss.

And food historian Ivan Day shares with us some traditional seasonal recipes for food and drink.

Producers:

Carmel Lonergan

Annabel Deas

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Ertharin Cousin

Tim Lang

Justin Byworth

Soutik Biswas

Zulfi Karim

Father Ian Delinger

Rabbi Yehuda Brodie.

How to remember the Easter Rising, Methodist Conscientious objectors, Religious freedom in India20160313

How to remember the Easter Rising, Methodist Conscientious objectors, Religious freedom in India20160313

Religious and ethical news.

Human Trafficking; Christian Refugees; Biblical Movie Blockbusters20141207

A new international partnership to combat human trafficking has been launched by the Catholic Church and law enforcement agencies in the UK. Edward Stourton examines its objectives.

A report by the Christian think tank Theos argues that only a belief in God can provide the true foundation for humanism. The report's co-author Nick Spencer and the philosopher A.C. Grayling debate.

Bishop Geoffrey Taylor has been visiting Erbil on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, gathering information about the plight of Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. He describes the current conditions as winter approaches.

Thousands of Finns have resigned from the country's Evangelical Lutheran Church after their leader Archbishop Kari Makinen voiced his support for same-sex marriage. We hear how the wave of resignations has hit the Church both spiritually and financially.

The Catholic Church in the Amazon region of Brazil is leading the fight against government plans to develop the area. Its combative rhetoric and actions stand in stark contrast to the conservatism of the Church in other parts of Latin America. Bruce Douglas reports.

Ridley Scott's biblical Boxing Day blockbuster 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' is a lavish production that joins a long line of cinema epics based on the Holy Scriptures. Film critic Richard Fitzwilliams has seen an advanced screening and gives the programme his verdict.

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Peter Everett

Series producer:

Amanda Hancox

Contributors

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Bishop Geoffrey Taylor

A.C. Grayling

Nick Spencer

Jeanette Ostman

Richard Fitzwilliams.

Is sushi permitted at Passover? Prince the Jehovah's Witness, The row over religious education in the UK20160424

Is sushi permitted at Passover? Prince the Jehovah's Witness, The row over religious education in the UK20160424

For 1000 years, Ashkenazi Jews have been forbidden to eat foods classed as 'Kitniyot' (e.g. rice, corn, beans, legumes) during Passover. But now authorities in the US have lifted this ban which means that Ashkenazi Jews can eat a variety of foodstuffs from Sushi to Popcorn. Charles Carroll reports.

This week, the Foreign Office issued advice for LGBT people travelling to the US because of new 'religious freedom' laws allowing individuals and institutions to deny services to LGBT customers on religious grounds.

Concerns have been raised about the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE which has removed the promotion of non religious world views from its remit. Kevin Bocquet investigates.

For a number of years, he was referred to as 'The artist formerly known as Prince' but did you know that he was also formerly known as a Jehovah's Witness? Not many people in the UK were aware that pop superstar Prince - who died this week - was a member of this church or that his music reflected his Christian faith.

The Vatican has suspended the audit of its finances by PricewaterhouseCoopers because it says that "certain aspects" of the auditing arrangements need to be analysed. Does this signal the end of the Pope's attempt to make Vatican finances more transparent? Edward Stourton talks to the Pope's biographer, Paul Vallely.

ISIS has stunned the world with its savagery but how can its rise be explained? In his new book - 'ISIS: A History' - Fawaz Gerges sheds new light on these questions. He talks to Edward Stourton.

Producers:

Helen Lee

Catherine Earlam

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Jordan refugee camp, John Sentamu's pilgrimage, Sermon of the year competition20160515

Jordan refugee camp, John Sentamu's pilgrimage, Sermon of the year competition20160515

Pope Francis has said that he is open to the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. Are the ranks of the Catholic Church's all-male clergy really going to open up to female members?

Next week, two ministers battle it out in the annual Sermon of the Year Competition. They talk to Edward Stourton about their ministry and go head to head in Sunday's very own battle of the sermons.

Hazel Southam reports from Jordan on a trauma healing programme that is being offered to tens of thousands of people who have fled the wars in Syria and Iraq.

On Thursday, Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan is giving a speech to the Saltire Society in Glasgow in which he will argue that 20th and 21st century composers have never given up their search for the sacred in an increasingly secular society. He explains to Edward his reasons for this belief.

Last February, Charles Maung Bo became Myanmar's first-ever cardinal. For many years he has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in his country and now that there is a new civilian government, he is carving out a role for himself as peacemaker between different ethnic groups and the Buddhist majority.

On the 1st May, the residents of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray became aware of a wildfire on the outskirts of their city. Two days later they had to evacuate. Rev Donalee Williams is the minister of Fort McMurray's First United Church she explains how she is supporting her dispersed congregation.

As the Archbishop of York's six month Pilgrimage across the Diocese of York is about to finish, Bob Walker caught up with John Sentamu to discover what he has learnt from his time on the road.

Producers: Helen Lee

David Cook

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Lambeth Conference Future; Catholic Family Synod; Sixth-century Christian Charm20141005

William Crawley speaks exclusively to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on the postponement of the 2018 Lambeth Conference and asks if this reflects growing divisions within the Anglican Communion.

In the first of three special reports on the Catholic Synod of Bishops on the Family, Andrew Fletcher speaks to two young families ahead of the gathering which opens in Rome this weekend. David Willey discusses how the Synod will operate and if the discussion on controversial teachings including contraception and divorce will upset traditionalists in the church.

As pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong continue to defy the authorities in Beijing by holding street protests, we speak to Catholic Cardinal Joesph Zen, who is calling for unity among the protesters.

While the search continues for the Bristol school girl who is thought to be heading to Syria, Jahan Mahmood, a former adviser to the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism talks to William about radicalisation on the internet. What content is out there and why is it so persuasive?

The Sunday programme enlisted the help of our listeners to find a suitable location in London for the statue 'Homeless Jesus'. Trevor Barnes visits some of the locations suggested and investigates the practicalities of erecting the artwork.

One of the world's earliest surviving Christian charms, dating back to the end of the 6th Century, has been discovered in a library vault in Manchester. William meets Dr Roberta Mazza, Research Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute who made the remarkable discovery.

Producers:

David Cook

Peter Everett

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

The Most Revd Justin Welby

Cardinal Joseph Zen

Dr Roberta Mazza

Jahan Mahmood.

Maggi Hambling, Mohammed Ali's Street Art, Ghislaine Howard On The Seven Acts Of Mercy20151227

A Sunday programme special on the relationship between Religion and Art presented by Cole Moreton.

For centuries the visual medium was used extensively to tell stories from key religious texts. It was a powerful and effective way of communicating religion to the illiterate masses. Today the masses are literate but biblical illiteracy is at an all-time high. So whatis the relationship between Religion and contemporary art in the 21st Century?

Aaron Rosen discusses three paintings, each of which shows a different moment in the history of art and religion

The artist and sculptor Maggi Hambling tells Cole why she starts every Good Friday with a painting.

Her tapestries of waves hang in Winchester cathedral, reflecting the enthusiasm of cathedrals generally to commission and exhibit new art.

Meanwhile, the painter Gilaine Howard is working on a commission from Blackburn cathedral on the subject of the Seven Acts of Mercy, a theme which grew out of her response to the 7/7 bombings.

Cole discusses the role of cathedral in bringing art to the public with the curator Meryl Doney and the Dean of Sheffield Cathedral, Peter Bradley.

Mohammed Ali is sometimes called the Muslim Banksy. Back in the Eighties, he was a pioneer of street art, fusing graffiti styles with Islamic design and calligraphy. Trevor Barnes went to meet him.

Finally, what does the surge in the public interest in art says about us? Cole Moreton discusses with

Nathaniel Hepburn, the director of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, the sociologist Professor Linda Woodhead from Lancaster University and Anglican priest Martin Poole.

Producer: Rosie Dawson

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Melvyn Bragg; Coronation; Synagogue Saviours20130602

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

Middle East crisis; Rowan Williams; Star Wars20140803

Middle East Crisis; Rowan Williams; Star Wars20140803

As the Middle East crisis intensifies, Matt Wells reports from New York on the US Government's response to the conflict. We also get the perspective of the British Jewry and British Palestinians who have families in Gaza.

HSBC wrote to a number of Muslim organisations in the UK this week informing them that their accounts will be closed. We examine why a bank might take a decision to close an account, and how a charity might fall foul of the rules.

In the first of two exclusive reports for Sunday, Dr Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of Canterbury, reports on the desperate situation he found in South Sudan when he visited the country this week.

Concluding our series exploring the views of faith groups at the outbreak of World War One, June Osborne, the Dean of Salisbury, looks at the Church of England's response to the war. The Rev Laurence Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, looks ahead to the Centenary Commonwealth Service taking place in Scotland and tells the story of the four Anderson Brothers who lost their lives during the Great War.

As the UK plays host to the cast and crew of the latest Star Wars instalment, we explore the theology of the blockbuster movie with David Wilkinson, author of 'The Power of the Force: The Spirituality of the Star Wars Movies'

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Rev Laurence Whitley

David Wilkinson

Jehangir Malik

Tom Keatinge.

Middle East crisis; Rowan Williams; Star Wars20140803

As the Middle East crisis intensifies, Matt Wells reports from New York on the US Government's response to the conflict. We also get the perspective of the British Jewry and British Palestinians who have families in Gaza.

HSBC wrote to a number of Muslim organisations in the UK this week informing them that their accounts will be closed. We examine why a bank might take a decision to close an account, and how a charity might fall foul of the rules.

In the first of two exclusive reports for Sunday, Dr Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of Canterbury, reports on the desperate situation he found in South Sudan when he visited the country this week.

Concluding our series exploring the views of faith groups at the outbreak of World War One, June Osborne, the Dean of Salisbury, looks at the Church of England's response to the war. The Rev Laurence Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, looks ahead to the Centenary Commonwealth Service taking place in Scotland and tells the story of the four Anderson Brothers who lost their lives during the Great War.

As the UK plays host to the cast and crew of the latest Star Wars instalment, we explore the theology of the blockbuster movie with David Wilkinson, author of 'The Power of the Force: The Spirituality of the Star Wars Movies'

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Rev Laurence Whitley

David Wilkinson

Jehangir Malik

Tom Keatinge.

Migrants, Pilgrim Walks, Women-managed Mosque20150802

As the situation with migrants in Calais escalates, what is the wider picture across Europe? William speaks to Doris Peshke, General Secretary for the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe.

If you are a fan of something, say Lady Gaga or Harry Potter does that mean it's your religion? That's a question that was explored at Leicester University this week at the Fandom and Religion Conference. Trevor Barnes reports.

With the Olympic Games in Brazil just over a year away, Bruce Douglas reports on Rio de Janerio's Catholic Churches and their different views on the long term benefits of the games.

The Pew Research Center says there are 102 countries where Christians face harassment and persecution - the highest number for any religion. For the next three weeks, Sunday hears from BBC correspondents about some of the worst places. This week, Stephen Evans reports on North Korea.

The French broadcaster and journalist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet updates us on the right to die case of Vincent Lambert in France and the moral questions it raises.

Over the next four weeks, our reporter Bob Walker will be walking around the country taking in the scenery and history of some of Britain's pilgrim walks. His first trek takes him to St Hilda's Way in North Yorkshire - England's newest pilgrimage route.

Kyoko Gibson, the daughter of a Japanese survivor of the Hiroshima bomb talks to William about her family story ahead of the 70th anniversary of the bombings.

Is building a female managed mosque the way to influence the participation of women in mosques? Bana Gora from the Muslim Women's Council and writer and broadcaster Khola Hasan discuss.

Producers:

Zaffar Iqbal

Carmel Lonergan

Editor:

Amanda Hancox.

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Nigeria reaction, Rowan Williams, Apollo prayer20140511

Nigeria reaction, Rowan Williams, Apollo prayer20140511

As pressure builds on the Nigerian Government to find the school girls kidnapped by Islamic militants Boko Haram, William Crawley speaks to the Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan about the ongoing crisis there.

Nurudeen Lemu from the Islamic Education Trust in Nigeria explains how a crack down by security forces has driven Boko Haram underground creating difficulties in understanding their structure and ideology.

Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to William about the theme of peace and reconciliation which is the focus of this year's Christian Aid Week.

Days after President Obama said a bungled execution in Oklahoma was "deeply disturbing" a bipartisan panel of legal experts has urged sweeping changes in what it calls the "deeply flawed" administration of capital punishment. Matt Wells explores the morals and ethics of the death penalty in the USA.

What role does religion play in attitudes toward Scottish independence? William discusses that question with historian Prof Tom Devine.

The Indian elections are drawing to a close. Monday 12th May is the last voting day. Rahul Tandon reports live from India.

Ahead of International Conscientious Objectors' Day, reporter Trevor Barnes uncovers some of the untold stories of Quakers who refused to fight during the First World War.

From Heckmondwicke to Houston; the story of the West Yorkshire priest Father Paddy Roche whose illustrated prayer for the Apollo 16 mission is set to go under the auctioneer's hammer.

Producer: David Cook

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

Nurudeen Lemu, Islamic Education Trust

Professor Tom Devine

Dr Rowan Williams

Peter Moreland.

Ofsted Report On Failures In Re; Radicalised Women; Reform In The Catholic Church20131006

A report by Ofsted states more than half of schools are failing pupils on religious education. In an exclusive interview Edward speaks to the author of the report about the failings of primary and secondary schools and the government. We also hear from the Religious Education Council and the Association of Headteachers.

In his first six months in the Vatican Pope Francis has stunned Catholics with his radical style, however, after meeting his Council of Cardinals he is set to reveal a raft of reforms which could further shock the church. Paul Vallely, joins Edward to discuss what we can expect.

13 religious and faith-based organisations have joined forces to express concerns over the Lobbying Bill which they believe will limit the ability to express beliefs in the political arena. Laura Taylor from Christian Aid talks about her concerns.

Muslim convert turned radicalist, Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the 'White Widow', is one of the world's most wanted women. But how and why do some Muslim women become radicalised? Bob Walker reports.

The foundations of a spectacular Anglo-Saxon feasting hall have been found under a village green in Kent. The director of the Lyminge excavations and Professor at the University of Reading, Gabor Thomas, tells Edward why the finds illustrate a crucial transition from Paganism to Christianity.

Frank Field, chair of the Government Inquiry into Poverty and Life Chance, has written to David Cameron urging him to launch a public inquiry into the huge increase in demand for food banks across Britain. He joins us to tell us why.

Producer: Annabel Deas

Series producer: Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Alan Brine

Frank Field MP

John Keast

Gail Larkin

Laura Taylor

Dr Gabor Thomas

Paul Vallely.

Patriarch Kirill, The Nun From Aleppo, England's Cathedrals20161016

Patriarch Kirill is in the UK to mark 300 years of the Russian Orthodox church in Britain. However his audience with the Queen has been criticised by those who see him as an ally of President Putin at a fractious time for Anglo-Russian relations over Syria. Trevor Barnes reports.

In Aleppo, Sister Annie Demerjian and her volunteers risk their lives as they deliver aid to the sick and elderly. She tells Edward how airstrikes make life there unbearable for those unable to leave.

Within a year or so, the majority of Catholic Cardinals, who will elect the next Pope, are likely to have been appointed by Pope Francis. Veteran Vatican journalist Marco Politi tells Edward that recent appointments point towards a conclave composed of fewer traditionalists than ever before.

Rahul Tandon reports on proposals by the Indian government to end the practice of triple talaq, which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives by saying "talaq" three times.

Simon Jenkins has been on a tour of 53 Anglican and Catholic cathedrals. He tells Edward about his favourite buildings and how he went about ranking the cathedrals for his new guide, 'England's Cathedrals'.

York Minster has the largest number of bells of any English Cathedral but this week it was announced they are to remain silent. Edward finds out why.

While Donald Trump's campaign battles with allegations about his attitude towards women many high profile evangelicals have withdrawn their support. Sociologist Prof Tony Campolo and Jan Harper-Hayes from Republican Overseas give their views on whether evangelical Christians should continue to support Trump.

Producers:

Amanda Hancox

Peter Everett

Image: kremlin.ru.

Pay Day Loans; Christenings; Chief Rabbi20131020

It's four years since the first Global Anglican Futures Conference met in Jerusalem. This grouping of traditionalist Anglicans grew out of disaffection with the direction the Anglican church was taking in the USA and UK, particularly in relation to the issue of homosexuality. The second conference is taking place next week in Nairobi, and William Crawley will be hearing about its current agenda from its chairman, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala. l

The new Chief Rabbi has come under fire from ultra orthodox Jews for his decision to atttend the educational Limmud conference in December. Does this decision mark a change in relationships between the Chief Rabbinate and ultra-orthodoxy?

A new survey on loneliness suggests that religious people may be more likely to be lonely than those without a faith. Trevor Barnes considers whether the church's focus on the family can alienate those who live alone.

And - to baptise, give thanks or simply to party? Guardians, godparents or "oddparents"? Prince George's parents will give him a traditional christening next week , but what do the rest of us do?

Producers: Rosie Dawson

Annabel Deas

Guests:

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala

George Conger

Justin Cohen

Geoffrey Alderman

Stephen Evans

Bishop John Holbrook

Isobel Russo

Sheikh Mohammad Yacoubi.

Plight of migrant children, Rabbi Lord Sacks, St Paul's Mosaic and Darwin20160306

Plight of migrant children, Rabbi Lord Sacks, St Paul's Mosaic and Darwin20160306

The clearance of the migrant camp in Calais has raised concerns about the welfare of unaccompanied minors there. Kevin Bocquet reports on the efforts being made to offer young migrants a home in the UK.

Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, has been awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize. He tells Edward how he plans to use the award.

A Chinese court has sentenced a Christian pastor to 14 years in jail for embezzlement after he protested about the forced removal of crosses from buildiings. Martin Palmer discusses China's relationship with organised religion.

There has been uproar in Pakistan after the government executed Mumtaz Quadri, for the killing in 2011 of the Govenor of Punjab for his criticism of the country's blasphemy laws. Shaaima Khalil reports from Islamabad and author Innes Bowen explains how some Muslims in the UK have reacted to the death of Quadri.

New high resolution images of the three mosaic domes of St Paul's Cathedral's Quire ceiling have gone online. Do they contain images that support Darwin's Theory of Evolution as some suggest? Darwin expert Nick Spencer has had a look.

A book out this week suggests students of applied sciences such as engineering are over represented in violent extremist groups in some Muslim countries. Steffen Hertog is co-author of 'Engineers of Jihad'.

For many families, Mothering Sunday will be a sad reminder of a stillborn baby. The Rev Lorna Hood is the former Moderator of the Church of Scotland and was a hospital chaplain for 22 years. She tells Edward why it was her work with women who had a stillborn baby that was the most challenging to her faith.

Producers:

David Cook

Helen Lee

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Pope Francis And Archbishop Justin Welby; Pm's Jewish Roots; Tony Benn20140316

Religious education can reduce religious misunderstanding and conflict according to a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on RE. Edward Stourton talks to Stephen Lloyd MP and former counter terrorism minister Hazel Blears.

Matt Wells reports from the grassroots of American Catholicism on reaction to Pope Francis' first year in office.

Following David Cameron's comments about his Jewish ancestry while in Israel this week, Edward Stourton talks to Jewish historian Dr Yaakov Wise who has researched the PM's Jewish roots. Yaakov Wise also comments on the news that Israel has passed a law conscripting ultra-orthodox Jews into military service for the first time.

Methodist minister, Lord Griffiths, discusses the non-conformist religious influences on Tony Benn and his political ideals.

Edward Stourton talks to the 2014 Templeton Prize winner Tomas Halik, a Czech priest and philosopher who established an underground university under the Soviet Union.

One year on from the appointment a new Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury we explore what the past 12 months tell us about the direction both are taking their churches - Edward is joined by Paul Handley of the Church Times, Madeline Teahan of the Catholic Herald and the BBC's Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Pigott.

Producers:

Catherine Earlam and Annabel Deas

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Stephen Lloyd MP

Hazel Blears MP

Dr Yaakov Wise

Lesley Griffiths

Tomas Halik

Paul Handley

Madeline Teahan

Robert Pigott.

Pope in Turkey, Lord Fowler and Silent Night20141130

Caroline Wyatt reports from Istanbul on the Pope's visit to Turkey and Dorian Jones looks at what the Pope's efforts for unification mean for Christians on both sides of the divide.

Kevin Bocquet reports on four Black churches in London who have opened HIV testing clinics to help diagnose Black African men and women who currently have the highest rate of HIV infection in the UK. Followed by Lord Fowler who says all churches should be doing more in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

William Crawley talks to Bishop Larry Jones from St Louis about the events in Ferguson this week as the US comes to terms with some of the worse civil rights unrest in years.

This week the House of Lords debated the role of religion in public life as part of the public consultation for the Commission for Religion and Belief in British Public Life. Commission members Andrew Copson and Ed Kessler discuss.

As The Simpson celebrate 25th years, William explores the theological highlights of the show with Mark Pinsky the author of author of "The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family."

Football stadiums and other venues are preparing to hold Silent Night Carol Services in December to remember the Christmas day truce in 1914 , and we reveal the new version of Silent night.

Producers

Carmel Lonergan

David Cook

Editor

Amanda Hancox

Contributors

Lord Norman Fowler

Andrew Copson, The British Humanist Association

Ed Kessler, The Woolf Institute

Roy Crown, The Christian charity HOPE Together

Matt Baker, Sports Chaplaincy UK

Mark Pinsky, Author and religious journalist

Bishop Larry Jones from St Louis.

Pope In Turkey, Lord Fowler And Silent Night20141130

Caroline Wyatt reports from Istanbul on the Pope's visit to Turkey and Dorian Jones looks at what the Pope's efforts for unification mean for Christians on both sides of the divide.

Kevin Bocquet reports on four Black churches in London who have opened HIV testing clinics to help diagnose Black African men and women who currently have the highest rate of HIV infection in the UK. Followed by Lord Fowler who says all churches should be doing more in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

William Crawley talks to Bishop Larry Jones from St Louis about the events in Ferguson this week as the US comes to terms with some of the worse civil rights unrest in years.

This week the House of Lords debated the role of religion in public life as part of the public consultation for the Commission for Religion and Belief in British Public Life. Commission members Andrew Copson and Ed Kessler discuss.

As The Simpson celebrate 25th years, William explores the theological highlights of the show with Mark Pinsky the author of author of "The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family."

Football stadiums and other venues are preparing to hold Silent Night Carol Services in December to remember the Christmas day truce in 1914 , and we reveal the new version of Silent night.

Producers

Carmel Lonergan

David Cook

Editor

Amanda Hancox

Contributors

Lord Norman Fowler

Andrew Copson, The British Humanist Association

Ed Kessler, The Woolf Institute

Roy Crown, The Christian charity HOPE Together

Matt Baker, Sports Chaplaincy UK

Mark Pinsky, Author and religious journalist

Bishop Larry Jones from St Louis.

Pope's Middle East Prayers, Sikh Anniversary March, World Cup Faith20140608

Presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmud Abbas will pray for peace with Pope Francis on Sunday. Alan Johnston assesses its significance. Cardinal Archbishop, Vincent Nichols, talks about his own prayer meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to Britain and the Head of the Palestinian Mission in London on Friday.

Dr Stephen Davis, former Canon at Coventry Cathedral, in an exclusive interview talks to Edward about the difficulties of trying to negotiate their release.

Trevor Barnes reports on the 30th anniversary of the 'Sikh Genocide' in India and asks what it means to Sikhs in the UK today and why they want an independent inquiry into the involvement of the UK government.

As part of the D-Day 70th anniversary service at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, Joan Scott Allen tells Edward Stourton about the letters her 27 year-old father penned to his family just days before embarking on the D-Day landings.

Bruce Douglas reveals the Brazilian football team are training without a chaplain for the first time since 1986 and how the country's growing evangelical church is proving a good fit for its footballers.

Ahead of next week's Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Baroness Warsi tells Edward how religious leaders and faith communities can play a role.

As the bitter row continues over allegations of extremism in state schools, we debate where extremism comes from and how it should be tackled.

Contributors

Cardinal Archbishop, Vincent Nichols

Joan Scott Allen

Dr Stephen Davis

Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Minister of State for Faith and Communities

Oliver McTernan, Director - Forward Thinking

Farouk Peru, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, King's College London

Producers

David Cook

Amanda Hancox.

Radiocarbon dating relics, Rural churches, Faith in the World Week20151018

Radiocarbon dating relics, Rural churches, Faith in the World Week20151018

The Church of England has published a letter to the Prime Minister signed by 84 of its bishops calling for the Government to increase the number of Syrian refugees being resettled in the UK "to a minimum of 50,000" over the next five years. William Crawley speaks to the Anglcan Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler and to the Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Jean-Clément Jeanbart.

Rosie Dawson reports on a poll commissioned by BBC Local Radio for Radio 2's Faith In The World Week which suggests that people think British society is more religiously tolerant but less moral than it used to be. We also hear the experiences of families of minority faith traditions living in the UK.

In a frank assessment of the future of Church of England buildings, a panel led by the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend John Inge, recommends the closure of rural churches where there is low attendance and a much more imaginative use of existing church buildings. He discusses the finding with William Crawley.

One of the measures the government of Sierra Leone took at the height of the Ebola crisis was temporarily to ban large gatherings. Kati Whitaker reports on the impact on religious practice in churches and mosques.

For the first time, theologians and scientists at Oxford University have joined forces to carry out a wide-ranging investigation into the authenticity of ancient religious relics. Professor Thomas Higham explains what he hopes the project will achieve.

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Religion In Russia Special20150607

This week's edition of Sunday comes from Moscow as Caroline Wyatt explores some of the stories and issues that affect faith groups in Russia.

As President Putin announces he will meet Pope Francis, Kevin Bocquet reports on the complex historical relationship between the Vatican, the Russian State and the Orthodox Church.

This is Putin's first visit to the Vatican since the crisis in Ukraine. Anna Nemtsova, Moscow correspondent for Newsweek, assesses the significance of the meeting.

It's said that the history of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour reflects the story of Russia. Caroline takes a tour and discovers its extraordinary story.

Pinchas Goldschmidt is the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis. He talks to Caroline about the place of the Jewish community in Russia today.

In the Orthodox church, prayers are still sung in the same language used when Christianity arrived in Russia hundreds of years ago. Oleg Boldyrev hears some of the choirs keeping their religious heritage alive.

There are over a million Muslims in Moscow but only four Mosques. Almaz Shakirov, from the Muftis Council of Russia, explains how this situation has come about and why it is so difficult for new mosques to be built.

What is the relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the State and how has it changed? Journalist Konstantin von Eggert and Vakhtang Kipshidze from the Russian Orthodox Church debate.

Contributors:

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

Almaz Shakirov

Anna Nemtsova

Professor Zorbov

Father Makariy

Konstantin von Eggert

Vakhtang Kipshidze

Producers:

Carmel Lonergan

David Cook

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Religious Art, Freedom Of Speech, Charlie Brown Religion20151101

Turkey goes to the polls on Sunday. It's the second parliamentary election in four months. What role has religion played in the election campaign? Selin Girit reports from Diyarbakir.

On Sunday the first memorial in Britain dedicated to Sikhs who fought during WW1 will be unveiled at the National Arboretum. Bob Walker meets Jay Singh-Sohal whose idea it was to have the memorial.

In an increasingly secular world what images and representations do contemporary artists draw upon when they create 'religious' works of art? Edward Stourton met Aaron Rosen at the Jewish museum.

Website picture courtesy of Art and Religion in the 21st Century by Aaron Rosen, published by Thames and Hudson.

Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance talks to Edward about new research findings from a report "Talking Jesus".

It's 65 years since the first Charlie Brown comic strip appeared. We hear from Professor Stephen Lind, the author of A Charlie Brown Religion about his new spiritual biography of the life and work of the great comic strip artist Charles Schultz.

Defend Free Speech campaign, spearheaded by the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society, opposes the government's plans to introduce Extremism Disruption Orders , which would allow police to apply to the High Court to restrict the movement and activities of people they deem to be "extremists". Trevor Barnes reports.

A major study into British faith-based charities has found little evidence to suggest that agencies are using their work among the worst off to try to convert them. Paul Bickley author of the report from Theos and Pavan Dhaliwal from the British Humanist Association debate.

Producers

Carmel Lonergan

Zaffar Iqbal

Editor

Phil Pegum.

'religious War'; Cardinal Vincent Nichols; Gurus20141123

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Review Of Sharia Courts, Scientology Buildings Vacant, Bells For Bbc Music Day20160529

With less than a month before the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU, there's a debate growing about the role religious leaders should take when they engage with political issues. Jasvir Singh from the London Faiths Forum and journalist Quentin Letts discuss the role of religion in politics.

Professor Mona Siddiqi tells Edward about the review of Sharia law in the UK that the Government has asked her to lead.

Why are some historic buildings owned by the Church of Scientology lying empty after they were purchased ten years ago? Geoff Bird has been to see one of the properties in Manchester.

In York, the Minster will be the setting for the 2016 Mystery Plays for only the second time in their 700 year history. Kevin Bocquet reports from the final rehearsals.

We report on a ground-breaking study which explores links between religion and HIV disease progression. Gail Ironson is Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami.

Tom Smith, lecturer in International Relations at Portsmouth University, explains why the Philippines' President elect has called the Catholic Church the 'most hypocritical institution' in the country and says he doesn't need the religion to show his deep Christian faith.

Christian and Muslim forces are engaged in a bloody conflict in Africa whilst radical Buddhists in Myanmar attack the Islamic minority. Rabbi David Saperstein is the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. He discusses with Edward the future of religious freedom.

Bells from over 100 church towers will ring out simultaneously for BBC Music Day. The organiser Mike Orme and the youngest participant, 11yr old Lewis, tell us about their bell ringing passion.

Producers;

David Cook

Helen Lee

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Richard Iii; Church Repairs Fund; Coroner Services For Faith Groups20150322

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Rio Archbishop, Church PokeStops, Trump's religious sidekick.20160724

Rio Archbishop, Church PokeStops, Trump's religious sidekick.20160724

Rio archbishop, Church PokeStops, Trump's religious sidekick. With Edward Stourton.

Rio Archbishop, Church PokeStops, Trump's religious sidekick.20160724

Terrorism is a major concern for the organisers of Rio's Olympics due to start in less than three weeks time. So is the city's high levels of violent crime. The Archbishop of Rio, Dom Orani Tempesta, was recently caught up in a gun battle there. He spoke to our reporter, Bruce Douglas.

World Youth Day has been described by one commentator as sort of Olympic Games of the Catholic Church. It's the largest regular youth gathering in the world. This year it's being held in Krakow in Poland, home one former Papal superstar and about to welcome another - Pope Francis. Jonathan Luxmore will be there.

"Educate Together" run 77 primary and 4 secondary level schools in the Republic of Ireland and demand is said to outstrip supply. It also runs one in Bristol and plans to open more. What are these schools are doing differently? Kevin Boquet went to Bristol for the last day of term to find out.

Donald Trump has chosen his running mate, Indianan Senator Mike Pence, and unlike Mr Trump, Mike Pence knows his Bible and asks God for forgiveness. Sarah Posner talks to Edward about what the Senator will bring to the Republican campaign for the White House.

The Muslim Council of Britain, now in its twentieth year, has a new Secretary General, Haroon Khan. We hear from him about his childhood growing up in 1980s London, the need of MCB to reflect the diversity of Muslims in Britain and what he thinks of Theresa May.

It seems Pokemon Go has taken over the world and the churches. Emma Thomas joins Pokemon hunters at a church in Staffordshire. Dr Bex Lewis from Manchester Metropolitan University and "Geek Dad" Andy Robertson discuss the effectiveness of church engagement with digital youth culture.

Producer: Rosie Dawson

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Rotherham, Confucius, Bishop Nick Baines20140831

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs, discussing the Rotherham abuse scandal.

How should the community in Rotherham respond to this week's revelations of child sexual exploitation on a massive scale by men of predominantly Pakistani origin? We debate the lessons that need to be learned from a cultural and religious perspective.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has backed a new campaign that aims to draw attention to domestic violence within the church. Kevin Bocquet reports on claims that churches are failing to deal with the issue effectively. www.restoredrelationships.org

This week Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey's 21st president. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul about the country's Alevi minority who claim they are being targeted by Erdogan and his supporters.

The Ordinariate - an Anglican breakaway group that joined the Catholic Church in 2011 - is trying to attract more members in order to survive. We discuss what its role should be alongside the two Churches.

Is Confucianism experiencing a revival in China? Martin Palmer explores the philosophy's increasing influence in 21st century China.

In an exclusive for Sunday, Bishop Nick Baines, the man tasked to look after the Church of England's new 'super diocese' of West Yorkshire and the Dales has been keeping an audio diary account of his first few weeks in the job.

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox

Contributors:

Bishop Nick Baines

Mgr Keith Newton

Ruth Gledhill

Martin Palmer

Alyas Karmani

Julie Siddiqi.

Same-sex Marriage, Church Treasure, Fatwa Against Wildlife Trafficking20140309

Kevin Bocquet reports on the implications for the Church of England should members of its clergy take advantage of same sex marriage.

Edward talks to Rimla Akhtar the chair of the Muslim Women's Sports Foundation about FIFA lifting the ban for players to wear headscarves and turbans in matches.

As the tensions continue over Crimea, we speak to Sergei Golovien a Church pastor from the Crimea about what Russian control might mean for different faith and ethnic communities. Dr Marat Shterin, senior lecturer in Sociology of religion, from Kings College London talks about the tensions with in the Russian Orthodox church over Crimea.

And Syria three years on, Nadene Ghouri has been to Lebanon's Bekka valley and met child refugees. Most of whom have no access to education leading to fears of what the UN and aid agencies are calling Syria's 'lost generation'.

Edward talks to Thom Richardson of the Royal Armouries who will explain the history and significance of Armour in churches.

In the lead up to an ambitious re-telling of the Passion story for BBC One on Good Friday, 12 artists in the North East have been given shipping containers in which to make art installations with the help of the community, for the twelve Stations of the Cross. Artist Joseph Hillier talks about his work for one of the containers.

Martin Palmer of the Alliance of religions and conservation explains why Indonesia's highest Islamic clerical body has issued a fatwa against illegal hunting and exporting of wildlife.

Producers:

Carmel Lonergan

Amanda Hancox

Contributors

Rimla Akhtar

Dr Marat Shterin

Pastor Sergei Golovien

Thom Richardson

Joseph Hillier

Martin Palmer.

Seeking sanctuary in Germany, Anglican primates 2016, Monks cook 18th-century curry20160117

Seeking sanctuary in Germany, Anglican primates 2016, Monks cook 18th-century curry20160117

For the next three years the US Episcopal Church will not be able to participate fully in the Anglican Communion. That's the decision of the Primates' Meeting held this week in Canterbury.

It's a consequence of the Episcopal Church's decision to recognise same sex marriage and homosexuality. The church has also had a number of privileges withdrawn. The Rt. Rev. Mariann Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC gives Edward Stourton her reaction.

Reporter Trevor Barnes has been following the Primates' meeting. He reports on how the Archbishop of Canterbury's efforts to prevent a split of the global church were received and assesses reaction to the final communique.

It's a right that dates back to the Councils of Carthage, that of being able to seek sanctuary from the state in a church. Today, this practice is hardly ever recognised by governments but in Germany it's been revived as a last resort for refugees threatened with deportation. Joe Miller reports from Bavaria.

This Sunday, Pope Francis will hold a special Mass for migrants as he marks 'Migrants and Refugee Day.' Cardinal Vincent Nichols reflects on the current migrant situation across Europe.

Faith based charities receive the largest share of donations in Britain. There's concern that new proposals to regulate their fundraising will have a serious impact on their work. Jeremy Moodey, the CEO of the charity of Embrace ME and David Ainsworth from Civil Society Media debate.

We discover how a 18th century cookbook with one of the first recipes for chicken curry ended up in the library of Downside Abbey in Somerset.

Producers:

David Cook

Carmel Lonergan

Editor:

Amanda Hancox

Photo Credit : Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirchengemeinde Immenstadt.

Shakespeare's religion, Pope in Lesbos, What do Muslims really think?20160417

Shakespeare's religion, Pope in Lesbos, What do Muslims really think?20160417

Presenter William Crawley hears reaction to Pope Francis' visit to Lesbos, and explores the significance of the joint approach to the migrant crisis by the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Ahead of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, Trevor Barnes reports on the religion of Shakespeare's England, and the influence of the Bible on his language.

This week's Channel 4 documentary "What British Muslims really think", has been heavily criticised by members of Muslim communities for putting across what they see as a skewed picture of Islam in Britain. The programme's executive producer Samir Shah and author and activist Shelina Janmohamed discuss.

Liz Leonard examines the current religious landscape of Scotland, in light of the recent Scottish Social Attitudes survey which suggests that most people in Scotland are 'not religious'.

What is it like to live in Britain as a member of the persecuted Ahmadi Muslim sect? Author Adil Khan profiles the history and beliefs of Ahmadis following the discovery of leaflets in a South London Mosque calling on them to be killed.

The three Christian denominations which run the Church in Jerusalem, believed to be on the site of Jesus' tomb, have reached an agreement to carry out much-needed repair work. Archaeologist Martin Biddle explains the rich history of the shrine.

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Peter Everett

Series producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Sikh regiment; God and Thatcher; Cardinal Vincent Nichols20150301

Sikh regiment; God and Thatcher; Cardinal Vincent Nichols20150301

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

Sikh Women And The Turban, The Church And The Middle Classes And Sin20160221

As Ireland prepares to go to the ballot box we ask is there appetite for social change? What is the relationship between Church and State? Daniel Faas, head of the sociology department at Trinity College Dublin explains.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, talks to Edward about the theme of Religion, Belief and Spirituality for LGBT History month and how Stonewall wants to change hearts and minds on this issue.

The Dark Side of the Soul looks at the concept of 'Sin' in the modern world. Although an old-fashioned word Stephen Cherry explains the 'Seven Deadly Sins' through contemporary examples from financial scandals to celebrity culture.

Where should the Church of England focus its efforts to stem falling membership? One proposal is to target the nation's large social housing estates. The Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, explains his idea and we hear from a vicar in Wythenshawe, Manchester, about the challenges he faces in filling the pews.

It was the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, who instructed Sikhs to wear the turban as a mark of their faith. Now it seems more and more women are wearing turbans. Nikki Bedi went to meet one woman in London to find out why?

Bob Walker visits Syrian refugees in Nottingham and they tell him their story of how they recently came to the UK and how they are coping in their new home.

Pope John Paul II's letters to show Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka raise questions about how difficult it is for a Catholic priest to have a non-sexual relationship with a woman. We look at the value of companionship with Father Phil Sumner and historian Elizabeth Abbott.

Producers

Amanda Hancox

Peter Everett.

Silence, Black Santa, Syrian Refugees20161218

Silence, Black Santa, Syrian Refugees20161218

Composer Bob Chilcott remembers his starring role in the Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge in the 1960s. For three years running, he was the chorister chosen to open the service with a solo rendition of the first verse of Once in Royal David's City.

A report from religious think tank Theos argues that it is wrong to measure this country's religious commitment by the numbers who go to church. Edward talks to its author Nick Spencer.

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, comments on the bombing and murder of 25 people in St Peter's Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo.

Trevor Barnes asks whether traditional Christmas is in decline because of political correctness and the impact of immigration on British churches.

Author Mark Forsyth explores the religious roots of today's Christmas traditions.

Father Roger Dawson, Director of the St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales, talks about the new Martin Scorsese film Silence.

William Crawley meets Belfast's 'Black Santa', the Very Rev John Mann, as he starts his annual marathon fund raising stint on the steps of St Anne's Cathedral. It's the 40th anniversary of this Belfast Christmas tradition.

Kevin Bouquet has been to meet a family of Syrian refugees who are being looked after by the Catholic Charity Caritas and their new community in Flixton.

Producers:

Helen Lee

Catherine Earlam

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Sir Peter Fahy, Refugees In Austria, A Sacred Walk Through Bristol20150823

Sir Peter Fahy, Refugees in Austria, A sacred walk through Bristol20150823

The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, talks to Edward about his faith and his concerns for the police force as he heads toward retirement.

Bob Walker completes his final pilgrim walk in Bristol and discovers that the city landscape there is steeped in spirituality.

This week Amnesty International criticised the conditions at Traiskirchen Refugee Camp in Austria as thousands of people from Syria are sheltering there. Journalist Hazel Southam has been to the camp and has recorded a personal audio diary for Sunday.

Following this week's apology by the Scottish Catholic Church to victims of child abuse, Trevor Barnes reports on where the Church goes from here.

This weekend, around 30,000 members of the global Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will gather in the UK for an international conference. Author Simon Valentine, who spent 18 months living among the community in Bradford, explains their beliefs and practices.

More students than ever before, chose to study religious studies at A-Level, more than doubling since 2003. But later this year there are plans to change the curriculum. Will this turn students away from wanting to study religion? Edward asks Ben Wood, Vice-Chair of the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education

Producers

Tara Holmes

Carmel Lonergan

Editor

Phil Pegum.

Special Edition From Hampton Court20161225

In a special Christmas Day edition of the programme from Hampton Court, Edward Stourton goes back to Christmas 1516 and explores the religious, political, cultural and social climate of the time which led up to Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the doors of Wittenberg Castle Church the following year and the Protestant Reformation which was to change the face of Europe for ever.

Producers: David Cook

Carmel Lonergan

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Spiritual Wellbeing; Quilliam; Haggadah20131013

The Government's Care Bill is currently going through Parliament. It aims to modernise the law to put people's wellbeing at the heart of the care and support system. It doesn't include an explicit recognition for people's 'spiritual well being'. The Government argue that this is implicitly taken care of within the 'provision of individual well being'. Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Barker and Labour Peer Lord Warner discuss the issue with our presenter Edward Stourton.

Choje Akong Rinpoche who founded the first Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in the UK back in 1967, was killed in China this week. Edward looks at how influential he was with author and journalist Mick Brown.

Mary McConahay, from the National Catholic Reporter talks to Edward about the decision by the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador to close its human rights and legal aid office, Tutela Legal.

Trevor Barnes reports on the growth in bogus travel packages for unsuspecting Hajj pilgrims.

Thabo Magkoba, Archbishop of Cape Town, explains why the African Church needs to respond positively to homosexuality.

Reporter Bob Walker takes a look at the anti-extremism think-tank Quilliam and the motivation behind their alliance with the Founder of the English Defence League.

And Edward views a recently uncovered 18th Century Manuscript containing Jewish ancient writings known as the Haggadah, with auctioneer Adam Patridge and Dr Yaakove Wise, from the Centre of Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester.

Producers:

Jill Collins

Carmel Lonergan

Contributors:

Baroness Barker

Lord Warner

Mick Brown, Author and Journalist

Mary McConahay, National Catholic Reporter

Thabo Magkoba, Archbishop of Cape Town

Adam Partridge

Dr Yaakove Wise.

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.

St Olav's Way, C Of E Vision For Education, Jewish Intermarriage20160710

Religious and ethical news.

Sunday In Nice; Canada's Disputed Sacred Islands; The Jewish Vinyl Jewkbox20160717

Services will be held in churches across France to remember those killed after a lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. William Crawley talks to Fr Peter Jackson is from Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Nice and lives close to the terrorist attack.

This week a new Prime Minister entered Number 10. The daughter of an Anglican priest, Theresa May joins the list of world leaders with a strong religious upbringing. Dr Eliza Filby, author of 'God and Thatcher' and Wendy Alexander, former leader of the Scottish Labour Party and a daughter of the manse, discuss how faith has influenced politic leaders.

Kendall House in Gravesend was once a Church of England care home for young girls. It was shut in the mid 80's. One former resident tells William how she was drugged and abused over a two year period there. The Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff, responds to the findings of the review he commissioned which said the Church's response to allegations about abuse at Kendall House was, "woeful and inadequate".

Trevor Barnes explores the history of Jewish musicians, composers and religious singers through a celebration of their vinyl recordings at the Jewish Museum in London.

Up to 40 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Salford could be closed and 150 parishes merged under a proposed restructuring plan. Bishop John Allen tells William why he may be forced to take these radical actions.

Despite the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's saying he wants to improve the poor relationship between the government and the country's First Nations, it's claimed he has done nothing to stop a housing development on islands sacred to the indigenous population. Sian Griffiths reports.

Producers:

David Cook

Peter Everett

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

The Battle of Cable Street, Animal Welfare Sunday, Exorcism20161002

The Battle of Cable Street, Animal Welfare Sunday, Exorcism20161002

It is 80 years since anti-fascist demonstrators took on the police and Oswald Mosley's Black Shirts in the East End of London. Trevor Barnes reports on The Battle of Cable Street.

The Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome - The Most Reverend Sir David Moxon - joins William Crawley to celebrate the Centre's 50th anniversary and to talk about his role as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See.

Rabbi David Rosen - Director of the American Jewish Committee's Department of Interreligious Affairs - pays tribute to the former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres.

Why is 15 year old Rayouf Alhumedhi campaigning for a hijaj emoji?

This week, the Archbishops of Armagh and Canterbury issued a joint statement welcoming the end of a three-year stand-off between Catholic residents and a protestant group who want to march through their neighbourhood. William talks to Professor John Brewer, an expert in post-conflict peace-building in Northern Ireland.

Catholic aid agency Progressio is to close after 75 years, we discuss why.

Today is Animal Welfare Sunday when children across the country will be taking their pets to church. Samantha Chandler of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals believes that animals go to heaven.

Exorcists are reporting a rise in demand for their services. To discuss why this might be the case, William is joined by Myles Dempsey, a Catholic with experience of 'deliverance' and exorcism, and by Professor Les Lancaster, Director of the Alef Trust which offers postgraduate courses in spiritual psychology.

Producers: Helen Lee and Dan Tierney

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

The Forever Project, Cosmo Lang, Deaf Organist20161204

Edward Stourton asks Bethany Bell why the rising popularity of right-wing nationalism in Europe is so important in the Austrian presidential election.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the abdication of Edward VIII, Radio 4 broadcasts 'The King's Matter', a drama on the deliberations of Cosmo Lang who was Archbishop of Canterbury at the time. The author of the play - Christopher Lee - talks about Cosmo Lang and his motives.

The National Holocaust Centre has just opened an interactive exhibit called 'The Forever Project'. It displays Holocaust survivors as 3D laser projections which answer questions from visitors. Bob Walker has been to test it out.

Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, on why he thinks the Church of England is too middle class.

Recent research has found that Sikh men with alcoholism are not seeking help for their problem. Steve Bahal is a recovering alcoholic who now works with Sikh alcoholics.

The Rt Revd James Langstaff, the Bishop to HM Prisons, responds to a recent report on the rise in suicide numbers in British prisons.

The Jewish charity Jnetics has launched a programme to encourage young Jewish adults to undergo screening for genetic disorders that are particularly prevalent within the Jewish community. The Executive Director of Jnetics is Katrina Sarig. She is joined by Ian Pearl talking about his son who has a genetic disease.

Although church organist Charles Stowman has been profoundly deaf for the last five years he has continued to play the organ for Sunday services in Stockport. He recently had a cochlear implant in his right ear switched on. Edward Stourton visits Charles at his church to find out how he's getting on.

Producers: Helen Lee

Dan Tierney

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

The Future Of Religious Education, Sunday Programme Special20151206

This week William Crawley presents a special programme on the future of Religious Education in the UK.

We join primary school teacher Juliet Lanyon and her class as they learn about Buddhism. She talks about the challenges of being an RE teacher and how her school navigates through the 100s of syllabuses that are available.

Alan Brine, former OFSTED inspector in charge of RE, tells William why he is 'annoyed' by the Department for Education as it fails to respond to calls for the subject to be overhauled.

Bob Walker assesses the role of state funded faith schools - do they work or are they counterproductive for social cohesion.?

Is there a place for 'collective worship' or 'religious observance' in UK schools? A report out this week urges governments to review the duty of collective worship in schools, Dr Alison Mawhinney from Bangor University explains and also tells us about RE in Wales.

So what RE should be taught in schools? William discuss the future of religious education in the light of recommendations to be published tomorrow by a Commission on Religion and Public life which has been leaked to Sunday with Andrew Copson - Commissioner and Humanist, Ed Pawson Nat Assoc of Teachers of RE and The bishop of Manchester David Walker.

Producer

Carmel Lonergan

David Cook

Editor

Amanda Hancox.

The Greek Bailout Crisis, Salvation Army At 150, 7/7 Memories20150705

On Sunday, Greeks vote in a referendum to accept or reject the bailout conditions demanded by their creditors. Amidst the economic and social turmoil, what role has the Greek Orthodox Church played?

Pope Francis starts an 8 day tour of three South American countries on Sunday. Our reporter tells William what's on the agenda and why Pope Francis won't be stopping off in Argentina.

Debbie Hodge is a minister who was at work on the 7th July 2005 when a bomb was detonated on a bus in Tavistock Square. It was one of four explosions that went off in London that day. Debbie, a trained nurse, was one of the first people to attend the scene. She tells William how the events of that day changed her life.

2015 is the 150th anniversary of The Salvation Army which was founded by William and Catherine Booth in the East End of London. Reporter Trevor Barnes has been looking through the archives. Clive Adams, Territorial Commander, joins us ahead of a march of thousands of Salvation Army members down the Mall on Sunday.

How can Muslim communities better participate in the life of British society? A national commission is to be launched to investigate. The Chair is Conservative MP and former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve and he tells William what they hope to achieve.

For over 400 years Heythrop College has taught theology and philosophy. This week it was announced that the Jesuit run college is to close. Jesuit Rev Dr Damien Howarth explains what has been going on while Christopher Lamb from The Tablet asks if the Jesuits have a future in Britain.

Contributors:

Bruce Clark

Ignacio de los Reyes

Clive Adams

Christopher Lamb

Rev Dr Damian Howarth

Producer:

David Cook

Tara Holmes

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

The Pope And The Family, God And The Gulag And The First Afghan Muppet20160410

As the Panama Papers continue to shine a light on the off shore world, Edward Stourton talks to Robert Paterson, Bishop of Soder and Man, a UK tax haven, about whether tax avoidance is ever morally acceptable.

Geoff Bird reports on the little known story of Francis Asbury, the English-born former blacksmith's apprentice who is credited with putting American Methodism on the denominational map.

Pope Francis' much anticipated Exhortation on the Family was published Friday. Does it fall short of marking any real change or amount to a call for the transformation in the attitude rather than doctrine of the Church? Edward is joined by Madelaine Teahan, Associate Editor of the Catholic Herald, Bishop Peter Doyle and the Guardian's Joanna Moorhead.

There is no change on the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics taking Communion in the Exhortation. But the document does urge couples and the Church to take marriage preparation seriously. Bob Walker reports on what it means and whether it works.

In the on-going anti-Semitism row in the Labour party, one issue being raised is about how the term Zionism is used and whether there is confusion about the term. Jonathan Freedland writes for the Guardian and the Jewish Chronicle - he gives his analysis.

Edward Stourton interviews Jonathan Luxmoore about his books 'God in the Gulag' which shines fascinating new light on the relationship between the Catholic Church and Communist authorities behind the Iron Curtain.

And in a BBC Exclusive, Edward Stourton talks to Zari, Seasame Workshops first Afghan Muppet, about her role promoting female empowerment in the country.

Producer:

Catherine Earlam

Rosemary Dawson

Series Producer Amanda Hancox

CREDIT: REUTERS/SE?SAME WORKSHOP/JOHN E. BARRETT.

The Theology Of New Year's Resolutions, And Do They Make Us Happy?20160103

Religious and ethical news.

'the Young Pope', Holiday Hunger, Scientology20161023

Religious and ethical news.

Three-parent Babies; Modern Sermons; Freedom To Offend20150201
Three-parent Babies; Modern Sermons; Freedom To Offend20150201

Three-parent Babies; Modern Sermons; Freedom To Offend20150201

On Tuesday, MPs will debate and vote on a statutory instrument allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people. The Church of England has said it would be irresponsible to change the law. Dr Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England's national adviser on medical ethics explains why.

Kevin Bocquet reports on the new resource available to UK Churches to help them better understand mental health issues.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned vicars against filling their sermons with 'moral claptrap' about being 'a bit nicer' to everyone. Father Brian D'Arcy goes though the dos and don'ts when it comes to writing to captivate the congregation.

How far should freedom of expression allow the freedom to offend? That was the subject of a debate among leading religious thinkers in Cambridge this week. Trevor Barnes went along to listen to the arguments.

Rosie Dawson reports on the role church magazines played in maintaining communication between home and the battlefield during the First World War.

The Anglo Catholic Father Philip North will be consecrated as Suffragan Bishop of Burnley on Monday. Most of his peers will abstain in participating in the ceremonial ritual of 'laying on of hands' at York Minster as they have participated in the ordination of women priests and Bishops. We speak to Father North's Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson.

Contributors:

Dr Brendan McCarthy

Father Brian D'Arcy

Ed Kessler

Atif Imtiaz

Rowan Williams

Rt Rev Julian Henderson

Producers:

Zaffar Iqbal

David Cook

Editor:

Amanda Hancox.

Trafficked Women Refuge, Homeless Jesus, Singing Carols For Good Health.20161211

After a 2 year search the Canadian sculptor, Tim Schmalz, has finally found a UK home for his life size sculpture of Jesus sleeping on a park bench. The Rt Rev David

Walker, Bishop of Manchester tells Edward why he has backed the placing of the statue outside St Ann's Church in the city centre.

Singing Carols are good for your health say the British Lung Foundation. Matthew Hamilton, the Choral Director of the Halle Choir, sits at the piano, sings a few Carols and puts this theory to the test.

Rev Charlotte Bannister-Parker takes a personal look at the stigma and fear of violence suffered by gay Christians in South Africa. Rt Rev Bethlehem Nopece, Bishop of Port Elizabeth in South Africa responds.

An order to seize church property owned by the Council of Assemblies of God churches has been issued by the Iranian government. They say that this branch of the largest global Pentecostal denomination is funded by the CIA to infiltrate the Islamic world. Mansour Borji from Article 18 explains.

Sunday has been given exclusive access to Bakhita House, a support centre for trafficked women formed from a partnership between the Catholic Church and the Metropolitan Police. Kati Whitiker reports.

This week, Angela Merkel called for a ban on full-face veils and has said that Sharia law and "parallel societies" should not be allowed in Germany. She also vowed that she would not allow another huge influx of migrants. Why does Europe's matriarch and moral conscience appear to have turned on Germany's Muslim refugees? Dr Katharina Karcha, from the University of Cambridge, talks to Edward about Angela Merkel's speech.

Producers: Carmel Lonergan

David Cook

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Religious and ethical news.

Vj Day, Avebury Pilgrims, 'lazy' Atheists20150816

Services are being held this weekend to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day. William Crawley speaks to Alan Wills whose father, George, was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and endured three years of brutal treatment as a prisoner of war.

Jeremy Timm, a Reader in the Church of England, will have his preaching licence revoked by the Archbishop of York after choosing to marry his same-sex partner next month. Kevin Bocquet spoke to him about his decision, and Bishop Robert Paterson, Chair of the Central Readers' Council, addresses the Church's management of the issue.

Scottish Catholic Journalist Ian Dunn explains the significance of the McLellan Commission which will publish its report into the child protection policies of the Catholic Church in Scotland next week.

The only victim of child sex abuse among the Chabad movement of ultra-orthodox Jews to give evidence, as part of Australia's Royal Commission, is now trying to set up an international inquiry into the extent of the problem in his faith, as Matt Wells reports.

Bob Walker continues our series of summer pilgrim walks as he explores the pagan connections of Avebury in Wiltshire.

Our series of essays on Christian persecution concludes with the BBC's Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet reporting from Pakistan.

And does contemporary atheism thrive on poor arguments and cheap sound bites? It's a claim made in a new book by Dr Andy Bannister. He debates with Sanderson Jones, co-founder of the non-religious Sunday Assembly.

Producers:

Dan Tierney

Zaffar Iqbal

Contributors:

Rt Revd Robert Paterson

Jeremy Timm

Alan Wills

Dr Andy Bannister

Sanderson Jones

Ian Dunn.

Whitby's Date With Easter, Religion And The Ash Tree, The Belgian State And Religion20160327

Who is the Devil, Anti-semitic French comic, David Blunkett20140112

Women Bishops, Archbishop of Canterbury, Women in Religion20141228

Women Bishops, Archbishop of Canterbury, Women in Religion20141228

2014 was an historic year for women in the Church of England when they won the right to be appointed as Bishops.

In a special edition of Sunday ahead of the installation of the rev Libby Lane as the bishop of Stockport, Caroline Wyatt looks at the role of women in the Church of England and other faiths.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby reflects on the historic decision to allow women bishops and discusses how the Church will manage dissent from traditionalists.

Sarah Swadling reports on the recruitment process for Bishops. Is it down to who you know or is it now more transparent?

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States gives her advice to the new appointees based on her own experience and Trevor Barnes investigates how the Diocese of London plans to deal with opposition from parishes that won't accept a woman bishop.

The rev Angela Berners-Wilson, the first priest to be ordained by the Church of England and the rev Jody Stowell discuss the opportunities for women now the Church is finally an equal opportunity employer.

Dina Brawer from the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and Rabiha Hannan - vice president of the Islamic Society of Britain look at their own faiths and reflect on the role of women and how changes in the Church of England may impact on their own faith.

Contributors:

Archbishop of Canterbury, rt rev Justin Welby

Rev Angela Berners-Wilson

Rev Jody Stowell

Presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Dina Brawer

Rabiha Hannan

Producers:

David Cook

Catherine Earlam

Series Producer:

Amanda Hancox.

Women Bishops, Comet and RE in GCSEs20141116

On Monday, the General Synod of the Church of England gives the final stamp of approval to women bishops. Caroline Wyatt looks ahead to the historic moment and we discuss how and where the first appointments are likely to be made with James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester.

Una Kroll, one of the most outspoken campaigners for the ordination of women, tells Edward about the campaign for the full inclusion of women into the Anglican church and her role in it.

Bob Walker explores the latest government proposals for RE GCSE's and hears why the Chief Rabbi and a former Ofsted inspector have serious concerns about the plans.

Pope Francis has appointed Liverpudlian Archbishop Paul Gallagher as the Catholic Church's equivalent of foreign secretary. Christopher Lamb, assistant editor of The Tablet tells Edward about the man.

A belief in powerful, moralising gods is more likely to occur in societies exposed to harsh climates and famine, according to new research. We speak Dr Carlos Botero who led the study.

As scientists begin to analyse data and images from the probe Philae that made a historic landing on comet 67P, could any new insights into the origins of our universe undermine our religious beliefs? Rev Dr David Wilkinson discusses with Edward Stourton.

What was life really like for the Puritans who left England for the New World of America? That's the big question that's driving a team of history detectives in Massachusetts, who are battling to save church records from being lost forever. Matt Wells reports.

Producers

David Cook

Carmel Lonergan

Editor

Amanda Hancox

Contributors

James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester

Una Kroll

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