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The Irish novelist and short-story writer has died – his books are well worth discovering, if you haven’t already

The president-elect’s penthouse, reminiscent of the palaces of Saddam Hussein, must give us all pause

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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