Judge Amy Coney Barrett, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, in Washington on October 1st. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

On a winter afternoon in 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett rose to speak in Notre Dame Law School’s wood-panelled courtroom and thanked the people gathere(...)

John Heard: Born March 7th, 1946; died July 21st, 2017. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

John Heard, an actor who played pained characters in dramas but became known for his role as the father who forgot his youngest son on a family trip t(...)

Susan Sarandon: “Hollywood isn’t political. Hollywood is about profit. Photograph: Jake Chessum/New York Times

Dig around a bit and you will find footage from 1974 of Susan Sarandon discussing Richard Nixon on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Unmistakab(...)

Pope Francis arrives to give a mass in Holguin, Cuba, a cradle of Catholic faith and home of Fidel and Raul Castro. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

During the visit of Pope Francis to the US, which starts on Tuesday, the pontiff will address a group of 200 poor and sick beneficiaries of Catholic c(...)

New Day Ministries in Chicago, the former home of Holy Rosary Church, where US president Barack Obama once held a small office. Obama started his political activism as a community organiser working with the archdiocese of Chicago. Photograph: Taylor Glascock/New York Times service

US president Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican today at the end of his European tour in a meeting that could help with his domesti(...)

Chen Guangcheng, whose position at Columbia University in New York was not renewed  after a year. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Chen Guangcheng, the “barefoot lawyer” who fled house arrest in China before moving to the United States, is to join three organisations, including a (...)