Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, Novitiate is about a young girl's first experience with love. In this case, her first love is God. Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into all the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threating the course of nuns' lives. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God.
Let's Talk About Sects podcast producer Sarah Steel joins Weekend Today to discuss some of the reasons people join cults and why they sometimes find it difficult to leave.
A team of archaeologists has been granted special access to dig at Lumbini, one of the holiest sites in Buddhism, and the answers they uncover could reshape history.
The pilgrims are on the 10th day of their journey, with 65km still to go before they reach Rome. Today's route takes them through an isolated and overgrown wood, which is a total revelation to Mehreen, who has never experienced anything quite like it before. The group arrive in Sutri, a medieval town with an even older history. They visit a magnificent Roman amphitheatre, and the pilgrims don't hesitate to take centre stage. Lesley auditions for producer' Les, fittingly with a piece from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, while Maximus Gregorius (aka Greg) is challenged to a gladiatorial tussle by Brendan.
In this second episode, it is day four. Stephen, Greg, Brendan and Les wake up in a yurt. They are all staying in a hostel on a Roman road in a tiny village in the Tuscan Appenines, and they are beginning to realise how important the simple life is to the pilgrim experience, especially when a donkey appears in the kitchen to try and eat their breakfast.
In this first episode, the intrepid eight arrive in Martigny, Switzerland, and find out for the first time who will be sharing their pilgrim adventure. They make their way by mountain train to the start of their pilgrimage in Orsieres, high up in the Swiss Alps. The Via Francigena is based on a journey taken to Rome in 990 AD by Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury, which crosses the Alps at 2500m and goes over the Great St Bernard Pass. Like Napoleon, his 40,000-strong army and the pilgrims before them, the group also have to make their way up the challenging mountain path.
Morgan Freeman explores why many religions have a set of holy laws, how those laws shape the lives of their believers, and what they have in common.
From the mountains of Nepal, to an ancient secret under Rome, to Vietnam, Morgan will try to discover if divine secrets bring people closer to God.
Morgan Freeman travels the world, from California to Italy to Vietnam, to understand how different faiths think of and deal with sin.
Morgan Freeman meets with people around the world who believe they have received a message from heaven, in this latest chapter.
Morgan Freeman delves into why many believers desire to see God in human form, and how that strengthens their faith and makes sense of the divine.
Morgan Freeman explores the role that the devil plays in various religions, from the ascetic monks in the Judean desert to the Buddhists of Nepal.
Almost every faith has a figure believed to be chosen by God. Morgan Freeman goes in search of the chosen people walking the earth today.
From exorcisms in Ethiopia and the discovery of human sacrifice in ancient Mayan, to a woman convinced she has seen heaven during a near death experience, Morgan Freeman explores the way people around the world incorporate heaven and hell into their lives.
Some 30 years after Jesus is born, his life intersects with that of John the Baptist, a radical preaching in the desert against Judea's rulers, including Herod's son, Herod Antipas. Inaugurating his divine mission, John baptizes Jesus, but loses his own life, beheaded in a famous conflict with Herod Antipas's step-daughter, Salome.
The Roman Empire occupies the land of Judea in a time of turbulent unrest, as a simple craftsman named Joseph faces a personal test of faith in the small town of Nazareth, when his fiancee Mary tells him she is expecting a child, who is the Son of God. Joseph vows to love and protect his son Jesus through many dangers: his birth in Bethlehem, the visit of the Magi, and the flight to Egypt to escape death at the hands of mad King Herod.
This is a compelling series where 10 Australian Christians of vastly different beliefs must live in a house together for one week to debate the hot topics of their faith. In this episode, gay Christian Chris reveals he endured seven years of gay conversion therapy. House mum Carol shocks the group by announcing that she performs abortions. Meanwhile, Mormon Hannah is battling to convince the others that she is a Christian.
Ten Christians are living together for a week to thrash out the hottest topics of our times, and emotion is already running high as the group clash over same-sex marriage and women as priests, and one housemate reveals a shocking story from his past.
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