‘To Flannery O’Connor, faith was fragile and thinking you had lost your faith was “an experience that in the long run belongs to faith”.’ Photograph:  APIC/Getty Images

The American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago on August 3rd. A significant voice in US fiction, she is also highly (...)

½Deepak Chopra, who believes that pain in the body can begin to be healed simply by focusing your awareness on it (“If you have happy thoughts, then you make happy molecules”), is the go-to guru of choice in otherwise respectable publications, hailed by Time magazine as one of its top hundred heroes and icons of the 20th century.

Leaving any mention of Christ out of Christmas – as both the Taoiseach and the President did in their seasonal addresses – may be considered political(...)

wo coast guard vessels and other nearby ships were 
involved in the 
Philippines ferry 
rescue operation
 not far from the port of Cebu.
 Photograph: Google Maps

Thirteen people died and 690 were rescued today after a ferry sank following a collision with a cargo vessel in the central Philippines, a coastguard (...)

Generations of students for the priesthood were taught the principle of double effect, which goes back to St Thomas Aquinas. Photograph: Reuters

James Mackey reminded readers recently, on these pages, of a distinction taught to generations of clerical and medical students in Ireland, between ca(...)