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Breaking fast under the stars in Blackburn

Around three hundred people in Blackburn have been invited to share a meal tonight after spending the day fasting with members of the muslim community during the month of Ramadan.

It's been organised by the community group One Voice to give an insight into different cultures and promote better social cohesion.

Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims at sunset throughout the month of Ramadan. This year the fast lasts for approximately 19 and a half hours each day.

Amongst those breaking their fast will be non-Muslims who have fasted for the very first time. The event is taking place on the fields of St Mary's College on Saturday night.

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Ex-Manchester United star Philip Mulryne takes part in his first mass as a priest

Former Manchester United player Philip Mulryne during his inaugural mass at St Oliver Plunkett Church in West Belfast following his ordination. Credit: Press Association

A former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer ordained to the priesthood has taken part in his first Mass.

Philip Mulryne, 39, returned to his native Belfast for a special Catholic religious service at St Oliver Plunkett Church.

The new priest was joined by friends and well-wishers at Monday night's Mass - just a few miles from Windsor Park Stadium, where he once donned the green jersey of his home country - flanked by white-robed members of his order.

The product of the youth system at Old Trafford made his debut for the first team in 1997.

He was unable to secure a regular place in Alex Ferguson's side and left Manchester to continue his playing career at clubs including Norwich City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient.

The clergyman said his vocation was a calling.

"This is a new chapter now in my life."

He undertook the rites associated with Catholicism, assisted by a more senior cleric, involving the blessing of sacraments, according to Catholic doctrine transforming bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

Mass-goers heard how his vocation as a friar preacher should be to "set hearts on fire" with the love of Jesus.

He was made a member of the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin at the weekend.

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Gospel choir warms up for Christmas

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for choirs like Manchester Inspirational Voices. They're in even greater demand having won the BBC's gospel choir of the year award for 2016. Founder and director, Wayne Ellington, has been leading the choir for 10 years and has a belief in everyone's potential to sing. We'll be hearing more about them on Granada Reports later. But for now, here's a little taster of what they can do.

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