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Bernini's Elephant and Obelisk statue in Rome, which was damaged by vandals (AP)

Bernini’s 350-year-old elephant statue has been vandalised

Pope Francis is greeted by faithful during an audience with the participants of homeless jubilee in the Paul VI Hall (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope’s poignant gesture reminds us that the causes of homelessness must be addressed

A supermoon over the Statue of Liberty, 2013 (AP)

National and state-level votes suggest the hierarchy may be losing touch with its people

Hillary supporters at Wellesley College last night (AP)

The abortion stance of Clinton’s running mate was a major issue for Catholic voters

Cardinal Zen (AP)

If the Church in China accept state-appointed bishops, it would damage the Church and confuse the faithful

Director William Friedkin, left, and his wife Sherry Lansing (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

William Friedkin has reached the same conclusion as the late exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth

Pope Francis and President of the Lutheran World Federation Bishop Munib Younan attending the ecumenical event 'Together in Hope' at the Malmo Arena on October 31 (AP)

Schism is the worst of sins and we must all work our hardest for reconciliation

'Some dioceses have cottoned on to the modern trend, and realise that when someone Googles them, they need to put their best foot forward'

Lancaster is an example of one diocese using the internet to reach more people

A three-year-old enjoys a Happy Meal at a McDonald's in San Francisco (AP)

I understand the cardinals’ anxieties – but Rome needs an alternative to the overpriced cafés

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow takes part in a reconsecration service at the Russian Orthodox Church in London, (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The Patriarch is acting as a roving Russian ambassador abroad