The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.

The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.
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The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.




Lambeth Palace's new library, Archbishop of York on Stephen Lawrence, Orphanage trafficking

At a ceremony at Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury broke the ground for the construction of a new library. Callum May reports on the first building to be be built within the walls of the palace in a century. Orphanage trafficking has been described as a 'billion dollar racket' by the Australian politician Senator Linda Reynolds. She was in London this week to raise awareness of the trade in children to populate orphanages that she says 'scam' money from church groups and...


Syria conflict, Outer Hebrides mosque, Vaisakhi

Sunday morning religious news and current affairs programme.


The Natural History of Churchyards, the Pastor Fighting Crime, the Role of Women in the Church

There are more than 10,000 graveyards associated with the Church of England and more than half are managed solely because of their natural historical significance. Bob Walker met Professor Stefan Buczacki who explains why Churchyards are so important and why their Eco system needs preserving. The spotlight is on London this week as violent crime rises month by month. Pastor Tobi Adegboyega, is a senior pastor at SPAC Nation church in the capital. He talks to Edward Stourton about...


The Lent plastic challenge, Martin Luther King's legacy and meet the robot vicars

If you had to buy your weekly food without it being packaged and wrapped in plastic how would you manage? Tracey Logan reports on how she avoided using plastic for the 40 days of Lent. In a message released for Easter Sunday, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham argues the moral case for businesses to pay the real 'Living Wage''. Alex Chalk the Conservative MP for Cheltenham tells Edward he has written to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, asking them to conduct a...


Rwandan Church Closures, BBC School Reporters, Science versus Religion

As diplomatic relations between the UK and Russia get worse, Reverend Malcolm Rogers the chaplain at St Andrew's Anglican Church in the centre of Moscow, which has long been a community hub for British ex-pats in the Russian capital, speaks to us about his hopes and fears for the future. The Rwandan government has ordered 1500 Churches to be shut for not complying with building regulations and causing noise pollution. The government has also closed some Mosques and banned loudspeakers...


Ten commandments for robots, First female Scottish episcopal bishop and five years of Pope Francis.

William visits the robotics exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology with AI expert, Dr Louise Dennis, from Liverpool University, to discuss whether it's possible to create an ethical framework for advances in robotic technology. Professor Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham, on his book Paul: A Biography in which he details the life of St Paul in a new way. William discusss the Archbishop of Canterbury meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince during his visit to the...


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens; International Women's Day; and the Hindu festival, Holi.

This weekend Hindu's are celebrating Holi - the colour filled festival that celebrates the coming of spring and victory of good over evil. Rajeev Gupta reports. Film Critic Richard Fitzwilliams reviews the new Mary Magdalene film staring Rooney Mara as Mary and Joaquin Phoenix in the role of Jesus. Ahead of International Women's Day Yassmin Abdel-Magied named Queensland Young Australian of the Year in 2015 talks to Edward about empowering women. A high court judge has granted an...


Syria, Purim, Billy Graham and Ecumenical Marriage

US evangelist Billy Graham, who counselled presidents and preached to millions across the world died this week aged 99. Matt Wells and Sarah Posner look back at his life and legacy. As the violence continues in Syria Sister Annie Demerjian describes life in Damascus and what it's like to live in the current situation. We also hear from Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. On Wednesday Jews will be celebrating the festival of Purim. It...


The ancient Mandean religion. Can we live without being judged? Should we give to charity?

The Mandaean religion predates Christianity. Now two universities are documenting some of its most important rituals online for generations to come. Fiona Clampin reports. The Very Rev Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham Cathedral, tells Martin about the Open Treasure exhibition "Tudors: the family and faith" which highlights the impact of the dynasty on the Cathedral. In the aftermath of the events that have put Oxfam in the news this week we ask "should we stop giving money to overseas-aid...


Does Meditation Work? Rio Carnival Under Threat, Saving Jewish Heritage Sites

The new Mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella has substantially cut funding to this year's Carnival which started on Friday. The BBC's South America Correspondent Katy Watson profiles the Mayor who is one of the most prominent voices on the religious right in Brazilian politics and a man tipped to be President of his country one day. The Church Investors Group, which represents Church organisations with combined investments of £17 billion, has warned some of Britain's biggest companies it intends...


Cardinal Vincent Nichols on human trafficking, Franklin Graham and Sharia Law

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales says that we are losing the battle against human trafficking. BBC's Religious Affairs Editor Martin Bashir talks to Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham. A review of sharia councils, launched by Theresa May in 2016 when she was home secretary, was published this week. It calls for sharia councils to be regulated with a code of conduct and recommends Muslim couples should be legally required to...


Holocaust Memorial Day, Are We Racist?, 50 Years a Vicar

As Turkey expands its bombardment of Kurdish controlled areas in Syria, there are reports that young men from the UK are travelling to join Kurdish forces. The Kurds have been largely supported and armed by NATO, of which Turkey are a member. As the situation becomes ever more complex historian Peter Frankopan talks to William about what's going on. Canon David Wyatt, the second longest serving incumbent in the C of E, celebrated 50 years as Vicar of St Paul's Paddington, Salford this...


What is Prayer, Down's syndrome testing, the Singh Twins

A new exhibition by The Singh Twins has just opened at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool exploring the history of Indian textiles and challenges the history of empire and its relevance on lifestyles in the West today. Matthew Kalman, Middle East Correspondent for Bloomberg, explains why the Knesset in Israel has voted to close shops over Shabbat. Footballer Cyrille Regis passed away this week. He was a trustee of Christians in Sport and a campaigner against racism in football. Graham Daniels...


Bar Mitzvahs in Old Age, Unregistered Faith Schools, 21st-Century Mosques

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


Britain's youngest railway chaplain, President Putin's Christmas, Getting to the Church on Time.

A 19 year old has just taken up her post as a chaplain with the Railway Mission, which aims to support rail staff and passengers who are caught up in accidents on the tracks. Edward Stourton talks to Hannah Tuck about the appeal and challenges of the job. The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) publishes research into spiritual abuse tomorrow. What is meant by the term? Where is it most prevalent and how can such abuse be prevented? Gavin Drake was expecting to spend...


The Archbishop of York, Religious news for 2018, The Daily Service is 90

90 years ago listeners to the BBC were for the first time able to tune in to a live daily act of worship. Rosie Dawson has been looking back over the years and catching up with the current team as they celebrate this milestone. Baroness Onora O'Neill, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, talks to William about our ethics and values in the twenty first century. On New Year's eve most of us look forward to the new year according to the Gregorian Calendar but some...


Bethleham, Bishop Sarah Mullally, Alternative Christmas

Yolande Knell soaks up the atmosphere in Bethlehem's Manger Square as Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Reporter Vishva Samani talks to women sleeping rough in Manchester and asks why their numbers are increasing. A Muslim, a Jewish and a Hindu family each describe what they get up to on the 25th December. Two years ago, the Butrus family fled persecution Iraq and Syria because of their Christian faith. As they prepare to celebrate their second Christmas in this...


France's crumbling cathedrals, Bishop George Bell, the Religion of Mike Pence

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


Trump, Jerusalem and the Evangelicals; Thomas Keneally; Muslim pantomime

President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked a mix of protest and praise this week. Journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer tells Edward why many believe the move was made to bolster support amongst his Evangelical voters in the US. What's being billed as the first ever Muslim panto begins a six day tour of Britain. The actor and comedian Abdullah Afzal is in it and he tells Edward why this pantomime is different. The Australian Royal Commission into child...


Tamsin Greig, Europe's growing Muslim population and the Pope in Bangladesh

Actor Tamsin Greig talks about her visit to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo as an Ambassador for Tearfund and describes the work being done to tackle sexual and gender-based violence. Martin Bashir on the Pope's visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Department of Education's survey of vulnerable children includes a new category "those vulnerable to abuse linked to faith and belief". How is that to be defined and prevented? Trevor Barnes reports. The story of what happened to the...


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