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Thursday 16 September 2010

I am a huge fan of BBC Radio 4’s Thought for  the Day.  Two contributions recently have been especially helpful in correcting the huge imbalance in media coverage of the Pope’s visit to Britain.  The first was Clifford Longley’s which is available on the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/thought/documents/t20100906.shtml .

The media have not worked particularly hard to find positive dimensions of the role and contribution of the (Catholic) Church in Britain to counterbalance the negative. 

The second was Jonathan Sacks’, the Chief Rabbi.  His Thought, yesterday, Wednesday, is not yet on the BBC website, but will be shortly (it doesn’t seem to be on YouTube either).  However, I was moved almost to tears to hear him speaking about the privilege he feels in helping to welcome Pope Benedict and about how this in a small way embodies the reconciliation between Christians and Jews in the shadow of the Holocaust.  I recommend it and will put the link here when it comes out.