Sean Smith

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