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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. Church of England threatens to sue over banned cinema advert about the Lord's Prayer
  5. Pope Francis appoints two new auxiliary bishops to Westminster
  6. Italian journalists will face trial for Vatileaks II despite court plea to have case dismissed
  7. Pope Francis begins his vital trip to Africa under tight security in Rome
  8. Church of England should be bridge between Catholics and Evangelicals, Pope's preacher tells synod
  9. Former Irish priest loses Vatican defrocking appeal after being acquitted on child sex abuse charges
  10. A pair of papal shoes stand in defiance of Paris authorities as Catholics demonstrate over climate change
  11. Pope Francis named PETA's person of the year for his message of kindness to animals
  12. Filipinos #defendthepope as a Philippines presidential candidate 'uses F-word' in radio rant against Pope Francis
  13. Cardinal Vincent Nichols backs military action in Syria ahead of House of Commons vote
  14. High Court allows DPP change in assisted suicide law that makes prosecuting healthcare professionals unlikely
  15. Six priests and four laymen now charged in the murder of seminary rector in Bangalore, India
  16. BEST OF THE WEB: Francis' enemies, Jesus in Africa, gay and Catholic, guns, Robin Hood and Christmas
  17. Deputy head of Catholic school charged with possession of indecent images
  18. Catholic Church in US defies governor of Indiana to welcome Syrian refugees
  19. The Vatican is lit up by the richest man in China to highlight climate change
  20. Pope Francis refuses to wear bulletproof vest despite Christmas threat from Isis
  21. New Catholic university a beacon of hope for depleted Christian community in Iraq
  22. New York priest accused of stealing $1m to pay for gay sex, drugs, house steps down
  23. MPs put pressure on David Cameron to recognise Christian 'genocide' in the Middle East
  24. Lambeth Palace 'will publish' review of Peter Ball case after letters published
  25. Je suis not amused: Vatican slams anniversary edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine
  26. Billionaire Albert Gubay who pledged half his fortune to the Catholic church dies
  27. Church should not marginalise gay Catholics, pope insists
  28. At least 60 boys sexually abused at German choir run by Benedict XVI's brother
  29. Christian churches fight Kenya's attempts to 'control worship'
  30. Anglican communion avoids schism by banning pro-gay US church for three years
  31. India deport Russian Orthodox Father Superior on diplomatic mission
  32. Number of abortions in the US drop but Planned Parenthood procedures up 250 per cent
  33. Isis destroys oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, satellite pictures reveal
  34. Political edge as 50,000-strong March For Life braves Washington snow storm
  35. Pope to celebrate service for Protestant Reformation in home of Lutheran communion
  36. Ted Cruz wins US Republican caucuses as Clinton breathes sigh of relief
  37. Vatican denies Pope Francis to make acting debut in Hollywood film on the Gospels
  38. Senior Chinese Christian echoes Pope Francis' softening towards communist regime
  39. IN PICTURES: Mardi Gras Carnival in Rio shrugs off concerns over Zika virus
  40. VIDEO: Shocking footage of Christian attacked by Hindus and paraded through streets
  41. 'Finally we are brothers': Pope Francis embraces Patriarch Kirill as churches sign agreement
  42. Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a major concern for Christian issues
  43. Library holding John Paul II letters denies claims of BBC Panorama expose
  44. Italian senate forced to postpone vote on gay civil unions after Catholic rebellion
  45. Catholic educators vow to stop Marcos jnr rewriting history of father's dictatorship
  46. Stop crucifying yourselves and love each other instead, senior Catholic tells Filipinos
  47. Rich countries 'have failed' to take in their fair share of Syrian refugees, Oxfam report claims
  48. Canadian priest investigated for 'gambling away' £260,000 of refugees' money
  49. Amoris Laetitia opens the way to holy communion for divorced and remarrieds
  50. Catholic bishop refuses Austria permission to build border fence
  51. South Africa: Church calls for calm after opposition leader accused of treason
  52. Fr Hans Kung says Pope has responded to his call for discussion on infallibility dogma
  53. Liverpool bishop says it is time to forgive authorities 'if they are truly sorry'
  54. Philippines bishops: Catholic Church will not stop 'interfering' in politics
  55. Ancient relic of St Thomas a Becket returns to UK for first time in 800 years
  56. Bangladesh will take a long time to recover after El Nino cyclone kills 26 people
  57. Campaigners welcome decision to sack Livingstone from radio show
  58. Sword pierces heart of city as Orlando faithful come to terms with mass shooting
  59. Russian Orthodox Church says it won't attend historic council
  60. BBC's religious affairs correspondent to step down after MS diagnosis
  61. Number of refugees in world at record high as war and prejudice take toll
  62. Britain must continue to be a good neighbour to Europe, urges Nichols
  63. Trust in charities in England and Wales falls to lowest point since polling began
  64. UK authorities fail in bid to extradite Benedictine monk accused of historic sex crimes
  65. Portugal thank divine intervention for gutsy Euro 2016 victory in Paris
  66. Religious leaders need to help heal the 'spiritual wounds' in America
  67. Islam is not a religion it is a form of government, says conservative Vatican cardinal
  68. 'Terrible acts of violence' are in Pope Francis' prayers after 90 are killed last weekend
  69. Polish authorities ramp up security as pilgrims begin to arrive in Krakow for World Youth
  70. Priest murdered as two armed men take churchgoers hostage during morning Mass
  71. Attackers filmed sermon in Arabic at altar after killing priest: eyewitness account
  72. Cardinal Pell 'emphatically and unequivocally' denies historic sex claims
  73. Meningitis warning for World Youth Day pilgrims after Italian teenager dies on journey home
  74. Special security measures at Lourdes 'could remain in place' permanently
  75. Former abbot charged with historical child sex offences
  76. Iranian religious leader applauds Pope Francis for his stance on Islam and Isis
  77. Community shocked as two Catholic nuns murdered in their home
  78. 46-year-old man charged with double murder of Mississippi nuns
  79. May's vision of education reform criticised
  80. Vatican representative pleads with people of Guam to help save church from bankruptcy
  81. Bishop of Assisi evokes spirit of St John Paul II at start of multi-faith summit
  82. Communities unite to pray for victims of stabbing spree and dead attacker
  83. 'Real peace' can be achieved as Francis arrives in Assisi and greets religious leaders
  84. £100m Heythrop College put up for sale by Jesuits
  85. The horrible night has ceased: Colombia signs peace deal with Farc
  86. Archbishop pleads with India and Pakistan to avoid major conflict over Kashmir
  87. No vote offers Colombia opportunity for reconciliation, Catholic Church says
  88. Catholic relief workers expecting worst as Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti
  89. Polish lawmakers vote overwhelmingly against abortion law
  90. Pope Francis reaches out to the 'corners of the Earth' to appoint 17 new cardinals
  91. Democrats most 'stubbornly unfriendly' administration to religious believers in generations, archbishop claims
  92. 'Black Pope' tells Jesuits to make the 'impossible possible' and help human beings find reconciliation
  93. Donald Trump uses Catholic fundraiser to joke about his rival in US presidential election Hillary Clinton 'hating Catholics'
  94. Italian PM promises to rebuild every building as Basilica of St Benedict destroyed by earthquake
  95. Christians have 'chance to accept a common path', Francis tells joint denomination prayer service
  96. US bishop warns pastors to avoid getting involved in election after anti-Hillary literature
  97. Trump is elected president of the United States and vows to 'bind the wounds of division' after bitter campaign
  98. White Catholics turned out to be significant voting bloc for US president-elect Donald Trump
  99. Taskforce urges US bishops to make a quick decision on rise of racism
  100. Cuban leader Raul Castro frees 787 prisoners after Pope Francis plea for Year of Mercy
  101. Former Labour minister to head up BBC's religious affairs programming
  102. Science and Church must work together for all humankind
  103. Pope's midnight mass message: 'The lights of commercialisation cast God into the shadows'
  104. Chinese religious affairs official hints at open door policy on relations with Vatican
  105. Francis urges mothers of newborn babies to breastfeed during Mass in the Sistine Chapel
  106. Catholic bishops express disappointment as Obama shuts door on Cuban migrants
  107. Rejoice or despair? It is too early to have an opinion on Trump, Francis says
  108. Ocáriz elected as fourth prelate of Opus Dei, confirmed by Pope Francis
  109. Heythrop College appoints Roehampton deputy to be new principal
  110. Francis prays for Chile as death toll during worst wildfires in its history reaches double figures
  111. Anglican Evensong to be celebrated at St Peter's Basilica for the first time
  112. Church of the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 reopens after arson attack by Jewish extremists
  113. Burke sent to Guam by Pope Francis to head investigation into abuse of altar boys
  114. Archbishop of Canterbury opposes second Brexit referendum for 'divided' country
  115. Eamonn Casey, the bishop whose scandal changed the church in Ireland, dies aged 89
  116. Francis pleads for God's forgiveness for Church role in genocide as Tutsi president of Rwanda visits Vatican
  117. Pope Francis offers prayers as more than 250 die in landslide in Colombia
  118. National Trust denies playing down Easter after Church of England expresses outrage
  119. Trump and Pope Francis meeting 'looking unlikely' despite US President's scheduled trip to Italy for G7 summit in May
  120. Catholic bishops plead with Arkansas to stop execution of seven men in 11 days
  121. Matthew Festing ordered not to travel to Rome for Order of Malta election of his successor
  122. Lee executed by Arkansas as bishops praise Virginia for turning away from death sentence
  123. Jesuit-educated Macron favourite to beat Le Pen as Catholic bishops warm to him as next president
  124. Arkansas kills two prisoners as last-minute court order delays second execution
  125. Knights of Malta will return to Rome in a year after electing a temporary leader
  126. LIVE BLOG: Video and analysis of Pope Francis' pilgrimage to Fatima
  127. Catholic priest and refugee centre manager arrested as mafia steal £30m from refugee centre in Italy
  128. At least 23 Coptic Christians killed in Egypt as gunmen open fire on bus on way to monastery
  129. President Trump is harming 'people of United States and the world' with Paris climate exit, Catholic bishops claim
  130. Vatican urges Muslims to join 'believers in one God' to combat climate change in annual Ramadan message
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