Week commencing 18th October 2021

The BBC show an interview with a Taliban representative in Afghanistan raising questions about the current banning of girls from secondary education.

The Guardian carries a story of a listed building in Golders Green in London which has been bought by Hillsong, a controversial ‘megachurch’, after local residents objected to plans to turn it into a mosque.

The BBC tell some personal stories from Bangladesh, where Muslim fundamentalists are reportedly attacking Hindu places of worship.

Also on the BBC, the question is raised about the relationship between artificial intelligence and religion with the suggestion that robot priests can recite prayers, deliver sermons, and even comfort those experiencing a spiritual crisis.

Religion News Service reports that the Sunshine Movement – a youth-led environmental campaign group – are distancing themselves from a rally in Washington D.C because of the presence of Jewish groups who profess Zionism.

Also on the Religion News website is a report that Pope Francis is calling for more female leadership in world affairs ahead of the G20 summit in Rome at the end of October. The report discusses the Catholic Church’s continuing rejection of the notion of women priests, though women’s leadership is being encouraged in other ways.