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Ann Widdecombe with Fr Tony Nye SJ in Blockley
The fourth series of Father Brown starts on BBC1 next week – and the Jesuit who advises on Catholic authenticity in the 1950s detective drama is featured on next weekend’s Songs of Praise.Presenter Ann Widdecombe visits the Gloucestershire village of Blockley where Father Brown is filmed and goes behind the scenes to meet some of the team responsible for bringing G.K.Chesterton’s characters and stories to the small screen.  As well as meeting Mark Williams, who plays the title character,...
Last Sunday (27 September) at 8:10 am, St Aloysius' Church, Glasgow played host to BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship.Mass from St Aloysius' RC Church, Glasgow, marking the Pope's visit to the United States and attendance this weekend at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.Celebrant: Fr James Crampsey SJ, with the Choir of St Aloysius' Church and the Choirs of the Schola Cantorum of St Aloysius' College.Fr James opened by welcoming the congregation, “St Aloysius’ is in the centre of Glasgow,...
The Great British Bake Off
As the sixth series of Britain’s most popular televised neo-gladiatorial combat, The Great British Bake Off gets going, we thought it would be fun, and important, to investigate the Patron Saint of Baking and find out how this person could be relevant today.It was not until 1659 that King Louis XIV of France ordered that every baker should observe the feast of Saint Honore, the Patron Saint of Bakers - and Baking - on 16 May annually and should give donations in honour of the saint and for the...
A shepherd stands in a doorway looking at his sheep
In 1940, the renowned writer of detective fiction, Miss Dorothy L. Sayers, was approached by the BBC to produce a series of radio plays about the life of Jesus.Knowing the mores-&-sensitivities about the portrayal of Jesus in any form of drama – at that time there was a theatrical ban on the portrayal of any member of the Trinity on the British stage - she replied that she would only take-on the project, if:She was allowed to introduce Jesus as a normal, speaking character within the plays....
Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4 last weekend came from  Heythrop College, University of London. The programme celebrated the Jesuit college's 400-year-history, under the title 'A Harvest of Souls'.The liturgy was led by Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, who is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop; Dr Damian Howard SJ who teaches Christian-Muslim relations preached on the qualities required of an effective preacher. During the programme...
A programme to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow (Thursday 2 October) will examine the impact that Pope Francis has had on the Church and the world since he was elected to the papacy 18 months ago.Francis: The Pope's Calling is part of The Report series. It will take as its starting point the moment when the phone rang at the office of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and a man asked to speak to Eugenio Scalfari, the paper's 90 year old founder and a prominent atheist. The...
A talented musician from Mount St Mary’s College in Derbyshire has won the Junior Category of the highly prestigious BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer of the Year. The award winning composition by 17-year-old Harry Castle will be performed by professional musicians at this year’s BBC Proms. It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.This year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composer of the Year competition attracted hundreds of entries from 12 to 18-year-old composers. It has been running...
In a culture that can seem obsessed with celebrity, that even grades them A-List, B-List etc. – the church celebrated on Sunday 29th June two of our foremost saints.  Saints Peter and Paul have been called the indispensable men of the early church: Peter who has the unique authority that Jesus conferred to him, who is given the keys to heaven, Petrus the Rock on which Jesus says "I will build my Church".  And Paul, the great missionary, who first takes the news of the...
A pupil of Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, is enjoying life in the limelight as one of the stars of the CBBC television drama ‘Rocket’s Island.’ 13-year-old William Hall plays the part of Healey in the popular children’s show which is currently on the CBBC channel.Will originally auditioned for ‘Rocket’s Island’ alongside thousands of young hopefuls in April 2012. After being offered the part of Jonathan Healey, he spent last year...
Heythrop College, University of London, launched its 400th anniversary year with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The college that was founded by the Jesuits in Belgium in 1614 welcomed the topical radio debate Any Questions?, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. It was the first time the programme had been broadcast from Heythrop and was the first in its 2014 output. The panel last Friday consisted of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling (Conservative MP for Epsom...