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Thousands of Muslims gather in Hampshire countryside

More than 30,000 people from the Muslim community - from over 100 countries - have gathered in the Hampshire countryside for a three-day religious festival. Millions more around the world will hear prayers via satellite links.


Tourists see unique gathering outside Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury has seen hundreds of thousands of pilgrims over the centuries.

Ever since Henry II's soldiers murdered Beckett in the Cathedral, they have paid their respects, and sought redemption for their sins.

But there has never been a gathering quite like the one that tourists and visitors witnessed this week.

For the very first time, Hare Krishna monks have assembled outside the cathedral gates.

Their mission? To let the crowds watching them know, that regardless of the terror attacks that have beset the country this summer, there is more that unites us, than divides us.

Tom Savvides reports.

Interviewees: Mantra Chaitanya Das, Hare Krishna Canterbury; and Very Rev Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.

Hampshire writers celebrated at cathedral exhibition

The exhibition at Winchester Cathedral celebrates Hampshire writers Credit: ITV

'Inspired by the Word' is a visual arts exhibition by contemporary artists at Winchester Cathedral. It celebrates the literature of Hampshire writers Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. The main theme chosen for the exhibition at Winchester is Jane Austen. The event will run until September.

Cathedral prepares for 'Big Friendly Sing'

Visitors in awe of Canterbury Cathedral Credit: Canterbury Cathedral

Church-goers in Kent are to take part The Big Friendly Sing at Canterbury Cathedral on 16 September. It is open to singers of all abilities who would like to spend the day rehearsing Handel’s Messiah and then give a performance in the evening in the Cathedral nave. They will be joined by professional soloists. The 200 spaces are filling up quickly.

Prayers for the Manchester Arena bomb victims

Candles have been lit at Winchester Cathedral

A short service has been held at Winchester Cathedral to pay tribute to the victims of the bombing at the Manchester Arena. Prayers have also been said for the survivors and the emergency services personnel who helped in the aftermath.

Candles have been lit and a special area of remembrance has been set up with flowers, a map of Manchester and coloured stones representing all the lives which have been lost.

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester Cathedral, told us why they decided to hold the ceremony.


Archbishop to attend special event in Winchester

The special event will be held in June Credit: ITV

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be joining Christians of all denominations in Hampshire for a special Beacon event at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 4 June.

This event will be the culmination of a ‘wave of prayer’ across the country, part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Christians from across the world will sign up and join in prayer for the nine days between the Christian feasts of Ascension and Pentecost.

Dean of Salisbury to become Bishop in Wales

A new appointment for the Dean of Salisbury Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

The Very Revd. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, has been chosen to be the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff, responsible for a diocese which serves most of Cardiff, the South Wales Valleys and the Vale of Glamorgan.

One of the most senior priests in England, June Osborne has served as Dean for the past 13 years, leading the ministry of Salisbury Cathedral. She was the first female Dean to be appointed to a medieval cathedral, having previously served as Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer for nearly 10 years.

Would you spend the night in a church?

Most of you have probably heard of 'glamping' - posh camping where you might sleep under canvas but with lots of luxuries throw in. But what about 'champing'....camping in a church! Sarah Cooper reports.

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