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Uncertain future: a child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

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

William Trevor in 2002

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

The damaged Elephant and Obelisk statue (AP)

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

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

Robert Harris: he has perhaps understood Pope Francis better than most Catholics

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

Dr David Jenkins, the former Bishop of Durham, died on Sunday (PA)

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

The Duke and Duchess of Norfolk have been living in different wings of Arundel Castle in West Sussex for 5 years (AP)

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

The Bulgarian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia (PA)

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