December 29th
 Scuffles have broken out between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics in a turf war at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. 
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March 8th
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March 2nd
 Bhatti, a Roman Catholic and former leader of Pakistan’s main minority-rights group, was killed eight weeks after Salman Taseer, governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, was shot to death by one of his bodyguards. Both men had called publicly for changes to the country’s blasphemy law, which prescribes the death penalty for anyone convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. 
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September 28th
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July 22nd
 The Roman Catholic Church in Chile has urged the government to pardon any members of the country’s military who show repentance for the crimes they committed under military rule. 
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July 19th
 Shamen trying to perform an exorcism in eastern Russia allegedly suffocated the four-year-old boy they were trying to save. Dmitry Kazachuk, who apparently had pneumonia, was left alone with the ritual healers by his parents. Before leaving, Dmitry’s mom observed the woman performing the ritual insisting her son’s name was “Lucifer the demon.” 
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 Ismail Mohamed Didi, the 25 year-old air traffic controller who was found hanged from the control tower of Male International Airport at 4:00am on Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide, was seeking asylum in the UK for fear of persecution over his lack of religious belief. Islamic website Raajjeislam reported yesterday that Ismail “was a person inclined to atheism” and had “declared his atheism to his friends.” 
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May 7th
 "We know that the adolescent is spontaneously homosexual. Boys play with boys, girls play with girls," he said. "If there is no proper guidance, this sticks. The question is — how are we going to educate our children to use a sexuality that is human and suitable?" Grings also said the acceptance of homosexuality in society could pave the way for the acceptance of pedophilia. "When sexuality is trivialized, it’s clear that this is going to affect all cases. Homosexuality is such a case. Before, the homosexual wasn’t spoken of. He was discriminated against. "When we begin to say they have rights, rights to demonstrate publicly, pretty soon, we’ll find the rights of pedophiles," he said. The archbishop has made controversial comments in the past. Vatican official left abusive priest in pastor job In 2003, he argued that only 1 million Jews died in the Holocaust, though a few years later he recanted. Experts say 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. Last year, he outraged Jewish groups in Brazil by telling a magazine that "more Catholics than Jews died in the Holocaust, but this isn’t known because the Jews control the world’s media." 
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April 19th
 Catholic priests are not the ‘sexual predators’ that they are being portrayed as in the press, but are in fact the ‘victims of a vast homosexual right-wing conspiracy’ to bring the Holy Roman Catholic church into ‘a state of disrepute and disgrace’, according to Cardinal Conal Colmcille Grupenfuhrer Von Graspenpantzen, speaking today in a wide-ranging defence of the day-to-day sexual activities of Catholic priests. 
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February 22nd
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