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  1. Uneven odds
  2. 'Blasphemy' court case suggests that religion is no longer the opiate of the masses for Putin and Russia
  3. The Hillsborough disaster: When saying sorry is not enough
  4. Are US politicians softening their stance on the death penalty?
  5. Is the time right for pro life movement in US to challenge the abortion laws?
  6. Majority of US Catholics believe abortion is a sin
  7. Bishops come out in support of 150m striking Indian workers
  8. Cast of St Bede's skull found in cupboard
  9. Canadian bishops publish election guide for Catholics
  10. Law and order for Christians has 'collapsed', warns Indian bishop
  11. One arrested as protestors continue to blockade arms fair
  12. PM's response to migrant crisis is 'a fudge and a short-term fix'
  13. Canadian children cut classes over new sex education curriculum
  14. Race laws have rung death knell for Myanmar, says senior Catholic
  15. MPs vote overwhelmingly against assisted dying bill
  16. 'I think we should vote for life and dignity and not death'
  17. CPS should have charged disgraced bishop in 1993
  18. Catholic hospital refuses to sterilise brain tumour woman
  19. Churches targeted as Nepal votes to keep secular status
  20. Guerrilla adverts highlight arms trade in London today
  21. US church creates first Catholic app ahead of Pope visit
  22. Welby sets up global Anglican meeting to avoid split
  23. Jesuit scientist named new director of Vatican Observatory
  24. Biden candid on abortion and his presidential ambitions
  25. Head of Nigerian church calls for Boko Haram amnesty
  26. Execution of paraplegic failed because he could not walk to gallows
  27. Obama publicly thanks Pope Francis for intervention in Cuba
  28. Hillary Clinton: I will implement Pope's climate change policy
  29. Pakistan Christians told to expect Isis campaign of terror
  30. Pope defends Kentucky clerk's refusal to license gay marriages
  31. Is a state visit to China just a flight of fancy for Francis?
  32. Fears for Christians as Isis kills aid worker in Bangladesh
  33. Victims lament slow start to Scottish abuse inquiry
  34. We do not advocate punishing gays, say Nigerian bishops
  35. Irish bishop issues apology as same-sex referendum called 'the devil's work'
  36. California governor signs assisted suicide bill into law
  37. Church more popular in US after Pope's visit, survey reveals
  38. McAleese dismisses Archbishop's view on homosexuality
  39. Pakistan upholds death penalty for blasphemy vigilante
  40. China to intensify crackdown on Christianity
  41. Nuncio pleads with US state not to restart executions
  42. Mother Theresa's congregation shuns Indian adoption rules
  43. American pro-life clinic opens in Northern Ireland
  44. Arkansas fails in bid to overturn stays of execution
  45. US archbishop's memo bars Communion for political supporters
  46. Death of Indian minister part of terror campaign
  47. King James Bible discovery provides clue to modern language
  48. Francis: Synod is unfinished business of Vatican II
  49. Religious leaders rail against use of Bible in death sentencing
  50. Vatican denies Pope Francis has brain tumour
  51. Holy Spirit plays a major role in making of Ben-Hur
  52. Catholic relief workers to assess Afghan quake damage
  53. Don't start arms race in Outer Space, says Catholic Church
  54. Sacked gay priest launches assault on Catholic Church
  55. Hillary Clinton comes out in favour of the death penalty
  56. Vatican confirms delegation visited China for talks
  57. Big shift in Americans who believe in global warming, poll says
  58. Indian Christian elite condemn 'sinister' discrimination
  59. Vatican PR arrested by police protests innocence on Facebook
  60. Prison flash mob for Pope Francis is internet sensation
  61. US Catholic Church paid $4bn in abuse compensation
  62. Human trafficking group must walk with victims, says Pope Francis
  63. 'Happy gay priest' wants the 'many other' gay clergy to out themselves
  64. Hong Kong cardinal enters political debate on same sex marriage
  65. 154,000 people sign petition against Amnesty's abortion campaign
  66. US bishops happy for Spotlight to be shone on sex abuse in the Catholic Church
  67. Torture of defence lawyers as well as their clients a major problem in China, says Amnesty
  68. Central African Republic fights hard to persuade Pope Francis' to keep travel plans
  69. Tens of thousands gather at Notre Dame to pray for the victims of Paris terrorist attacks
  70. Friends say no way prominent Chinese Catholic priest could have committed suicide
  71. Italian Catholic priest shot three times on his way to work in Bangladesh
  72. US Catholic bishops vote overwhelmingly in favour of pornography as a 'mortal sin'
  73. US Catholic charities receive hate mail over White House plans to welcome Syrian refugees
  74. Pro-choice abortion campaigners should be wary of truth, warn two Irish filmmakers
  75. US state Georgia executes prisoner for murder despite some doubt over his conviction
  76. THE BEST OF THE WEB: Gun laws, Catholic abuse, terror in Paris, Myanmar joy, the living wage and Pope Francis in Africa
  77. Church of England threatens to sue over banned cinema advert about the Lord's Prayer
  78. Pope Francis appoints two new auxiliary bishops to Westminster
  79. Italian journalists will face trial for Vatileaks II despite court plea to have case dismissed
  80. Pope Francis begins his vital trip to Africa under tight security in Rome
  81. Church of England should be bridge between Catholics and Evangelicals, Pope's preacher tells synod
  82. Former Irish priest loses Vatican defrocking appeal after being acquitted on child sex abuse charges
  83. A pair of papal shoes stand in defiance of Paris authorities as Catholics demonstrate over climate change
  84. Pope Francis named PETA's person of the year for his message of kindness to animals
  85. Filipinos #defendthepope as a Philippines presidential candidate 'uses F-word' in radio rant against Pope Francis
  86. Cardinal Vincent Nichols backs military action in Syria ahead of House of Commons vote
  87. High Court allows DPP change in assisted suicide law that makes prosecuting healthcare professionals unlikely
  88. Six priests and four laymen now charged in the murder of seminary rector in Bangalore, India
  89. BEST OF THE WEB: Francis' enemies, Jesus in Africa, gay and Catholic, guns, Robin Hood and Christmas
  90. Deputy head of Catholic school charged with possession of indecent images
  91. Catholic Church in US defies governor of Indiana to welcome Syrian refugees
  92. The Vatican is lit up by the richest man in China to highlight climate change
  93. Pope Francis refuses to wear bulletproof vest despite Christmas threat from Isis
  94. New Catholic university a beacon of hope for depleted Christian community in Iraq
  95. New York priest accused of stealing $1m to pay for gay sex, drugs, house steps down
  96. MPs put pressure on David Cameron to recognise Christian 'genocide' in the Middle East
  97. Lambeth Palace 'will publish' review of Peter Ball case after letters published
  98. Je suis not amused: Vatican slams anniversary edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine
  99. Billionaire Albert Gubay who pledged half his fortune to the Catholic church dies
  100. Church should not marginalise gay Catholics, pope insists
  101. At least 60 boys sexually abused at German choir run by Benedict XVI's brother
  102. Christian churches fight Kenya's attempts to 'control worship'
  103. Anglican communion avoids schism by banning pro-gay US church for three years
  104. India deport Russian Orthodox Father Superior on diplomatic mission
  105. Number of abortions in the US drop but Planned Parenthood procedures up 250 per cent
  106. Isis destroys oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, satellite pictures reveal
  107. Political edge as 50,000-strong March For Life braves Washington snow storm
  108. Pope to celebrate service for Protestant Reformation in home of Lutheran communion
  109. Ted Cruz wins US Republican caucuses as Clinton breathes sigh of relief
  110. Vatican denies Pope Francis to make acting debut in Hollywood film on the Gospels
  111. Senior Chinese Christian echoes Pope Francis' softening towards communist regime
  112. IN PICTURES: Mardi Gras Carnival in Rio shrugs off concerns over Zika virus
  113. VIDEO: Shocking footage of Christian attacked by Hindus and paraded through streets
  114. 'Finally we are brothers': Pope Francis embraces Patriarch Kirill as churches sign agreement
  115. Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a major concern for Christian issues
  116. Library holding John Paul II letters denies claims of BBC Panorama expose
  117. Italian senate forced to postpone vote on gay civil unions after Catholic rebellion
  118. Catholic educators vow to stop Marcos jnr rewriting history of father's dictatorship
  119. Anti-abortion clinic near Marie Stopes centre opens
  120. Stop crucifying yourselves and love each other instead, senior Catholic tells Filipinos
  121. Rich countries 'have failed' to take in their fair share of Syrian refugees, Oxfam report claims
  122. Canadian priest investigated for 'gambling away' £260,000 of refugees' money
  123. Amoris Laetitia opens the way to holy communion for divorced and remarrieds
  124. Catholic bishop refuses Austria permission to build border fence
  125. South Africa: Church calls for calm after opposition leader accused of treason
  126. Fr Hans Kung says Pope has responded to his call for discussion on infallibility dogma
  127. Liverpool bishop says it is time to forgive authorities 'if they are truly sorry'
  128. Philippines bishops: Catholic Church will not stop 'interfering' in politics
  129. Ancient relic of St Thomas a Becket returns to UK for first time in 800 years
  130. Bangladesh will take a long time to recover after El Nino cyclone kills 26 people
  131. Campaigners welcome decision to sack Livingstone from radio show
  132. Sword pierces heart of city as Orlando faithful come to terms with mass shooting
  133. Russian Orthodox Church says it won't attend historic council
  134. BBC's religious affairs correspondent to step down after MS diagnosis
  135. Number of refugees in world at record high as war and prejudice take toll
  136. Britain must continue to be a good neighbour to Europe, urges Nichols
  137. Trust in charities in England and Wales falls to lowest point since polling began
  138. UK authorities fail in bid to extradite Benedictine monk accused of historic sex crimes
  139. Portugal thank divine intervention for gutsy Euro 2016 victory in Paris
  140. Religious leaders need to help heal the 'spiritual wounds' in America
  141. Islam is not a religion it is a form of government, says conservative Vatican cardinal
  142. 'Terrible acts of violence' are in Pope Francis' prayers after 90 are killed last weekend
  143. Polish authorities ramp up security as pilgrims begin to arrive in Krakow for World Youth
  144. Priest murdered as two armed men take churchgoers hostage during morning Mass
  145. Attackers filmed sermon in Arabic at altar after killing priest: eyewitness account
  146. Cardinal Pell 'emphatically and unequivocally' denies historic sex claims
  147. Meningitis warning for World Youth Day pilgrims after Italian teenager dies on journey home
  148. Special security measures at Lourdes 'could remain in place' permanently
  149. Former abbot charged with historical child sex offences
  150. Iranian religious leader applauds Pope Francis for his stance on Islam and Isis
  151. Community shocked as two Catholic nuns murdered in their home
  152. 46-year-old man charged with double murder of Mississippi nuns
  153. May's vision of education reform criticised
  154. Vatican representative pleads with people of Guam to help save church from bankruptcy
  155. Bishop of Assisi evokes spirit of St John Paul II at start of multi-faith summit
  156. Communities unite to pray for victims of stabbing spree and dead attacker
  157. 'Real peace' can be achieved as Francis arrives in Assisi and greets religious leaders
  158. £100m Heythrop College put up for sale by Jesuits
  159. The horrible night has ceased: Colombia signs peace deal with Farc
  160. Archbishop pleads with India and Pakistan to avoid major conflict over Kashmir
  161. No vote offers Colombia opportunity for reconciliation, Catholic Church says
  162. Catholic relief workers expecting worst as Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti
  163. Polish lawmakers vote overwhelmingly against abortion law
  164. Pope Francis reaches out to the 'corners of the Earth' to appoint 17 new cardinals
  165. Democrats most 'stubbornly unfriendly' administration to religious believers in generations, archbishop claims
  166. 'Black Pope' tells Jesuits to make the 'impossible possible' and help human beings find reconciliation
  167. Donald Trump uses Catholic fundraiser to joke about his rival in US presidential election Hillary Clinton 'hating Catholics'
  168. Italian PM promises to rebuild every building as Basilica of St Benedict destroyed by earthquake
  169. Christians have 'chance to accept a common path', Francis tells joint denomination prayer service
  170. US bishop warns pastors to avoid getting involved in election after anti-Hillary literature
  171. Trump is elected president of the United States and vows to 'bind the wounds of division' after bitter campaign
  172. White Catholics turned out to be significant voting bloc for US president-elect Donald Trump
  173. Taskforce urges US bishops to make a quick decision on rise of racism
  174. Cuban leader Raul Castro frees 787 prisoners after Pope Francis plea for Year of Mercy
  175. Former Labour minister to head up BBC's religious affairs programming
  176. Science and Church must work together for all humankind
  177. Pope's midnight mass message: 'The lights of commercialisation cast God into the shadows'
  178. Chinese religious affairs official hints at open door policy on relations with Vatican
  179. Francis urges mothers of newborn babies to breastfeed during Mass in the Sistine Chapel
  180. Catholic bishops express disappointment as Obama shuts door on Cuban migrants
  181. Rejoice or despair? It is too early to have an opinion on Trump, Francis says
  182. Ocáriz elected as fourth prelate of Opus Dei, confirmed by Pope Francis
  183. Heythrop College appoints Roehampton deputy to be new principal
  184. Francis prays for Chile as death toll during worst wildfires in its history reaches double figures
  185. Anglican Evensong to be celebrated at St Peter's Basilica for the first time
  186. Church of the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 reopens after arson attack by Jewish extremists
  187. Burke sent to Guam by Pope Francis to head investigation into abuse of altar boys
  188. Archbishop of Canterbury opposes second Brexit referendum for 'divided' country
  189. Eamonn Casey, the bishop whose scandal changed the church in Ireland, dies aged 89
  190. Francis pleads for God's forgiveness for Church role in genocide as Tutsi president of Rwanda visits Vatican
  191. Pope Francis offers prayers as more than 250 die in landslide in Colombia
  192. National Trust denies playing down Easter after Church of England expresses outrage
  193. Trump and Pope Francis meeting 'looking unlikely' despite US President's scheduled trip to Italy for G7 summit in May
  194. Catholic bishops plead with Arkansas to stop execution of seven men in 11 days
  195. Matthew Festing ordered not to travel to Rome for Order of Malta election of his successor
  196. Lee executed by Arkansas as bishops praise Virginia for turning away from death sentence
  197. Jesuit-educated Macron favourite to beat Le Pen as Catholic bishops warm to him as next president
  198. Arkansas kills two prisoners as last-minute court order delays second execution
  199. Knights of Malta will return to Rome in a year after electing a temporary leader
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