Week commencing 6th June 2022

The BBC reports that a cinema chain in the UK has pulled out of showing a film about the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter. ‘Lady of Heaven’ has attracted a petition signed by 120,000 and protests have taken place outside cinemas. The Bolton Council of Mosques called the film blasphemous and sectarian. The film’s executive producer, Malik Shlibak, said he welcomed people expressing their views but said cinemas should “stand up and defend their right to show films that people want to see”.

The Guardian reports on rumours that the pope is about to retire, fuelled by an announcement that he will be attending a feast initiated by a 13th-century pope who himself resigned.

Religionnews.com features an in-depth analysis of how Christian nationalism paved the way for the Capitol riot in the US.

Also from Religionnews.com is a story about the Translation Project, an offshoot of humanist organisation, Centre for Inquiry. Humanist children’s books have been translated and made available free of charge in Muslim-majority countries.