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Queen Emma's Bones; Ruth Hunt; Islamophobia

In her day, Queen Emma was a powerful political figure who married two successive Kings of England and was the mother of Edward the Confessor. Experts believe that they have found her bones in a mortuary chest at Winchester Cathedral. Replicas of those bones now form the centrepiece of a new exhibition exploring the relationship between monarchy, power and the church. Trevor Barnes has been to investigate.

Panorama presenter Jane Corbin discusses the suspension of The Bishop of Lincoln.

Two years after the Manchester Arena bomb took the lives of 22 people, David Walker - the Bishop of Manchester – talks about healing and remembrance in the city.

BBC White House correspondent Tara McKelvey discusses controversial new anti-abortion legislation in the US.

It is Stonewall’s 30th Birthday on 24th May. Its CEO Ruth Hunt talks about her faith and how the organisation is working towards greater inclusion for LGBT people in all religions.

The government’s rejection of a definition for ‘islamophobia’ this week prompted widespread criticism from the British Muslim community. But not all Muslims agree that the definition is a good idea. The journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Labour shadow immigration minister Afzal Khan discuss.

Helen Lee
Catherine Earlam

Amanda Hancox

Walking pilgrimages, Jean Vanier, Religious perspectives on artificial intelligence

Walking pilgrimages are increasingly capturing the popular imagination; Bernadette Kehoe joins pilgrims on a new pilgrimage route in Kent. The ‘Augustine Camino’ winds its way from the Anglican Cathedral in Rochester to the Catholic shrine of St Augustine.

Jean Vanier, the Catholic theologian and founder of the L’Arche communities, died this week. We pay tribute to his life and work with John Sargent, national director of L’Arche UK and Tim, an adult with learning difficulties and a member of L’Arche Manchester who knew him.

The first Muslim to row for Team GB, Double Olympian Mohamed Sbihi. He tells our reporter Tusdiq Din how he has coped with Ramadan over the recent years where the demands of his faith and those of an elite athlete have found a compromise.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Professor Neil Lawrence (Professor of Machine Learning at Sheffield University) discuss ethical and religious perspectives on Artificial Intelligence.

Azeem Wazir says he will be killed if he is deported back to Pakistan for protesting against the arrest of Asia Bibi and the country’s blasphemy laws. He speaks to Emily from Colnbrook immigration removal centre.

Producers: Carmel Lonergan
Harry Farley

Editor: Amanda Hancox

Ramadan, Thai King, South African Elections

Ramadan begins tomorrow and for the next month, Muslims will fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam as is Zakat - the compulsory giving of a proportion of your wealth to charity. We hear from young Muslims about the importance of giving.

Today the Pope sets off on a visit to Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia. Why is he visiting countries in which fewer than 1% are Catholic?

In January the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a review into Christian persecution around the world and how effective the Foreign Office is in supporting those affected. The review is led by the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen. He talks to Edward about his findings.

The Archbishop of Cape Town - Thabo Makgobo - discusses the South African Elections.

The King of Thailand is crowned over a three day ceremony. We look at the religious significance of the coronation for the country.

Sister Katrina Alton is the first 'new' sister of St Joseph of Peace for 30 years. She tells Edward about her calling and her arrest at the Ministry of Defence after marking the walls with blessed charcoal in resistance to the preparations for nuclear war that go on there.

Amanda Hancox
Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

Sikh Vaisakhi, Fleabag and Forgiveness

This weekend Sikhs all over the UK and the world are celebrating Vaisakhi. It marks one of the most important religious, historical dates in the Sikh calendar. William Crawley will be talking to Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies at the University of Birmingham.
The hit BBC sitcom Fleabag has reignited a debate about priestly celibacy. Alex Walker quit the priesthood when he fell in love with his now wife. He talks about his life , the show and how the portrayal of the priests story line have been received.
Jo Frost from the Evangelical Alliance and Lorraine Cavanagh from Modern Church discuss whether you need to believe in the Easter story in order to be a Christian..
And award winning rapper Guvna B talks about the current influence of religion in black music.

Carmel Lonergan
Louise Clarke-Rowbotham

Christine Morgan

Photo Credit: Sikh Press Association.

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