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The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure

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

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

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

Robert Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’

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Plus Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on godparents and Dan Hitchens on how the Church should respond to drug legalisation

The former Bishop of Durham got people talking about religion but was wrong in his approach to dogmatic theology

Perhaps the Duke and Duchess could share their experience of how they refounded their marriage with struggling couples

The Church needs a better response to the Sunni-Shia war and and global poverty