She was the oldest of eight children, born in colonial Melbourne to Scottish parents. Her childhood was difficult, her father a failure at every business he attempted. In the years before children were all sent to school, moderately wealthy families employed governesses. She worked as a governess in rural South Australia. There she met a charismatic priest and discovered her true vocation.
John Safran teams up with his maverick match in wit and weird wisdom, Father Bob Maguire. Father Bob and John continue their oddest of the odd couple television relationship in a current affairs-cum-chat show with a spiritual twist.
In the final episode of the series, Peter Owen Jones embarks on a journey across his home continent, Europe. He finds a series of unexpected and surprising rituals and sects - huge underground New Age temples in Italy, shamans in Norway, and Europe's only Buddhist republic.
This is a 12-part series and this time around John Safran teams up with his maverick match in wit and weird wisdom, Father Bob Maguire. Father Bob and John continue their oddest of the odd couple television relationship in a current affairs-cum-chat show with a spiritual twist.
Cult - The word alone inspires feelings of frightening intensity, from fear and loathing to ecstatic, even murderous devotion. From the dawn of history to the age of Al Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo, cults have shaken and shaped the fate of empires and the lives of countless men, women and children. Cults are a force of such elemental power in society that they are studied and monitored by institutions from the National Institutes of Health and the Vatican to the FBI. But what are they? Where do cults come from? Why do they persist? Why do we fear them - and should we?
Peter Owen Jones continues his year-long odyssey with a trip to Latin America. He starts in Mexico at the shrine of Saint Death, a saint much loved by criminals and the down and out. Later in Rio, he visits a nightmarish prison where the prisoners' woes are alleviated by Father Marcos, a charismatic pastor who drives out evil spirits.
Peter travels from the Nepalese Himalayas to the south of India to make sense of the mystery of Indian religions. He finds out about the transmigration of the soul, karma, the pantheon of the gods and the high regard for gurus.
Anglican vicar Peter Owen Jones continues his year-long odyssey with a trip to the United States. He heads first for Tennessee where he meets a group of snake-handlers. Surviving unscathed, he attends a seance in Florida before heading to Arizona to do a traditional Navajo 'sweat'. From there he goes to Salt Lake City to witness a mummification, and later attends a ceremony dedicated to making contact with extra-terrestrials.
Anglican vicar Peter Owen Jones continues his year-long odyssey with a trip to the Middle East to explore some ancient faiths and unusual rituals. Tonight, Peter attends the Samaritan Passover celebrations on Mount Gerizim, in the West Bank. Later, in Damascus, he visits the grandest mosque in Sunni Islam, the Umayyad Mosque, then heads north to join some whirling dervishes in a house beside a 14th century mosque in Aleppo, Syria.
The Eternity Man is a film opera about Arthur Stace, a reformed petty criminal, World War I veteran and recovering alcoholic, who haunted Sydney's seedy bars and brothels until a revelation one night in a soup kitchen chapel. Stace then spent nearly 40 years chalking a timeless message on the city's streets: the single word - Eternity.
In this powerful and stunningly beautiful two-part program, The Qur'an, award-winning UK director, Antony Thomas takes us into the heart of the Muslim world and through the personal lives of people living according to their understanding of the Qur'an. The range of witnesses and experiences is extraordinary - from Ayatollahs and Grand Imams to simple farmers; from women in positions of power to women living in veiled seclusion; from those who speak of the Qur'an's uncompromising message of peace and tolerance to those who find justification in the text for violent conflict and suicide bombing.
Pete Owen Jones continues his year-long odyssey with a gruelling journey exploring the spiritual traditions of Africa. His journey begins with the ancient practice of Voodoo in Benin, where he is confronted by ritual practices that contradict his own deeply held religious convictions. Later, he travels to Botswana to meet the San Bushmen, inheritors of the earliest religious faith on earth.
Was Jesus Christ an actual person of history - or a creation born from myth and metaphor, conceived in the third century by Constantine to hold together a crumbling Empire?
The Qur'an has become the most ideologically influential text in the world. Muslims believe it to be the word of God, as first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in a cave in the Arabian Desert, nearly fifteen hundred years ago. Today Islam is a religion of vast dimensions. Well over a billion people from the Americas to China, from India to the southern tip of Africa, are Muslim. Yet within this single universe of belief, there are profound differences. But if Islam is rooted in the Qur'an, and the Qur'an is the ultimate and changeless message of God, how are these differences possible?
Shinto fire ritual
Charismatic vicar Pete Owen Jones takes a year-long journey of epic proportions as he travels the world to explore the shocking, bizarre and often dangerous rituals practised by some of the world's major religions and tribes. Tonight, Jones explores diverse faiths in South Korea, Vietnam, China and Japan.
John Safran teams up with his maverick match in wit and weird wisdom, Father Bob Maguire. Different phenomena are explored in the series, with featured guests who have witnessed unexplainable events and lived to tell the tale.
The definitive guide to the world's most extreme acts of faith. Every day, around the world, strange - and sometimes shocking - rituals take place. Here, for the first time, is an ambitious and exhaustive guide to the lengths human societies go to get in touch with the spiritual world. Charismatic vicar Pete Owen Jones takes a year long journey of epic proportions as he travels the world to explore the shocking, bizarre and often dangerous rituals practised by some of the world's major religions and tribes.
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