You can’t mix religion and politics in France, but you can’t separate them in the USA and N. Ireland. We discuss Francois Fillon’s proclamation of his Christianity – a sign of changing times, or a political gamble? The ethical challenges facing Donal Trump and his supporters on the Christian Right. How the relief and development charity, Tearfund, is combatting rape in DR Congo. We discuss the Hain report into Historical abuse. The writer, Michael Harding, reflects on the modern epidemic of loneliness. Lillis O’Laoire from Galway University discusses the Irish tradition of keening. And commentator – on life as well as politics – Anita Robinson offers a prayer for politicians.