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Sunday: interfaith dialogue

this morning (sunday 6th), 7.37-7.50am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) includes …

“Next month marks the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate … This week Cardinal Vincent Nichols took the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, to meet the pope for the first time. Reporter Charles Carroll was with them.”



Today: Chief Rabbi meets Pope

last friday morning (4th september), 8.15-8.20am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by justin webb and james naughtie) includes …

“The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told this programme that a paradigm change in mindset was needed to prevent a deeper loss of life. He said Britain needed to do much more.”

… interview with:
• chief rabbi ephraim mirvis

(Ephraim Mirvis 2:19:28) “When there’s a person knocking on your door and that person’s life is in on the line, go out there and help that individual.”


Sunday: canonisations

this morning (sunday 17th), 7.11-7.16am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) leads with …

“Today Pope Francis will canonize two native-born Palestinian nuns at a ceremony at the Vatican.
Fr. David Neuhaus, from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, talks to Edward Stourton from a prayer vigil at the shrine of Mother Alphonsine.”


Newshour: canonisations

yesterday afternoon (saturday 16th), 1.41-1.45pm (repeated 9.37-9.41pm), and this afternoon, 1.06.-1.16pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by julian marshall) includes …

“On Sunday, Pope Francis is set to canonise two Arab nuns who lived in nineteenth-centry Palestine. Mahmoud Abbas … has been described by the Pole as an ‘angel of peace’. … It’s being seen a as a gesture of support for Christians living in the Holy Land.”

with contributions from …
• bbc reporter yolande knell
sister agatha of the congregation of the rosary convent in ein karem
• journalist gerard oconnell
• rev dr jamal khader

• bbc reporter david willey, based in in rome
oliver mcternan, director of forward thinking
• oxfam gb communication officer ghassan bannoura, introduced as “a palestinian christian from beit sahour” (more…)

Sunday: Praying for peace

this morning (sunday 8th), 7.10-7.18am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes …

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


Sunday: Pope Francis in Israel

last sunday morning (25th may), 7.10-7.55am, on bbc radio 4
sunday includes (0:00:00-0:08:00 and 0:31:55-0:43:30) …

“As Pope Francis continues his three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Samira Ahmed asks if his trip will go any way to revitalising the peace process there?
The current state of interfaith relationships in Israel and the West Bank is discussed by Mohammed Dajani, Founder Wasatia Movement, Rabbi David Rosen, Director of Inter-religious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, and Rev Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar.”


Christians in the Holy Land: Part 1

last sunday morning (18th may), 9.30-10.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
christians in the holy land: 1. bagpipes in bethlehem (in the heart and soul series) (2nd, final, part next week)
john laurenson presents essentially a propaganda piece against israel, failing to interview a single one of the over 80% of christians who have left bethlehem as to why they have done so
his interviewees include vivien sansour, who he fails to mention is an activist and organizer who has been involved in social justice issues and organizing communities in Honduras, Uruguay, Palestine, United States, and Egypt, who is frequently invited to participate in panels, shows, conferences, and civic events to speak about the military occupation in Palestine and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, who is currently is a producer and writer for ImaginAction, and is the co-creator with Hector Aristizabal of the play “In-tea-rro-r-gator”

“Bethlehem’s Christians have dwindled from 85% in the population in 1948 to around 15% today.”

Pope Francis will make a highly symbolic trip to the Holy Land, meeting his Orthodox counterpart, having talks with the Israeli prime minister as well as the Palestinian president. He will also say mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem, as the birth place of Jesus, the most significant place for Christians around the world.In the first of this two-part documentary, John Laurenson travels to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, to explore why this once overwhelmingly Christian place is losing Christians in droves.
It seems like the place where it all began looks more like a place where it’s al coming to an end. The Christians now represent less than 15% of the population. John explores the reasons for the exodus.

In the fields where the Angel Gabriel is said to have told the shepherds about the birth of Christ, a Christian returnee picks wild peas and wild barley and tells John about the land, her family in LA and how a foraging expedition with a 10 year-old nephew ended with Israeli tear-gas.
The spokesman for the Israeli PM says Christians are leaving because of the Muslims, but the Christians say there is little tension between the two faiths there.
John also hears from Bethlehem’s bagpipers as they prepare to honour a tradition that goes back to the British mandate – to parade with pipes and drums in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.”

for an analysis, and for a transcript of extensive parts of the interviews, see…
for the actual israeli order granting all west bank christians access to israel over easter 2014 and for the pope’s visit (subject only to “relevant security screenings”), contrary to laurenson‘s message, see
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