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Chinese Catholics receive Communion in 2012 during Christmas Eve Mass in Beijing (CNS)

If Vatican diplomacy is contemplating a compromise with China it would be a huge defeat for religious liberty

The Mossack Fonseca law firm, at the The Arango Orillac Building, in Panama City (AP)

The sheer volume of the Panama Papers will not only ensure that this saga will run and run, but it will also provide protection for many of those involved

The Pope Emeritus prepares to greet Pope Francis during the opening of the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Stefano Spaziani, pool)

The splintering of Protestantism is the best advert for a pope ever devised

Mother Angelica: a far-sighted pioneer (CNS)

She was actually doing new evangelisation long before everyone started talking about it

General view of Valletta. (PA)

Rest in peace Archbishop Joseph Mercieca

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata (CNS photo courtesy Catholic Press Photo)

The answer to our problems in the materialist West is not more materialism

Pope Benedict in 2008 (AP)
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Our leaders’ response to his Regensburg address showed they had not only lost their nerve, but also their ability to think

Ken Loach’s 1969 film was based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, by author Barry Hines

Threads transcends its subject matter, nuclear war, and reminds us that society is a fragile thing

Dr Anita Brookner won Britain's Booker McConnell fiction prize for Hotel du Lac (PA)

There was certainly an inner melancholy to Anita Brookner’s fiction

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  (AP)

I’m glad I don’t have a vote in the American election. If I did, I’m pretty sure I would abstain