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Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Alexander Lucie-Smith is a Catholic priest, doctor of moral theology and consulting editor of The Catholic Herald. On Twitter he is @ALucieSmith

Saudi Arabia’s diplomacy doesn’t mask its religious intolerance

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (Photo: PA)

The Saudi King might want inter-religous dialogue but prayer is all the Church can offer

I, Claudius, reminds us that the wicked frequently get away with it

Author Robert Graves Photo: Press Association

I, Claudius is a brilliant summary of the struggle between good and evil

Putting politicians on the map is not a good idea

Flowers laid outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia

Reports suggest Margaret Thatcher will have a street in Madrid named after her.

A funeral should not resemble an episode of This is Your Life

Baroness Thatcher's funeral will be held next week  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

We have forgotten what this ceremony is about

Margaret Thatcher was a woman of extraordinary calibre driven by a dedication to hard work

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan pictured in 1990 (Photo: PA)

Beyond politics she had many qualities that ought to command universal admiration

The National Gallery’s Barocci paintings show the glory of the counter-Reformation

The Stigmatisation of St Francis (1594-95)

The richness of their theology is lost on the curators, though

Don’t believe in Downton: what life ‘below stairs’ was really like

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

A new book gives an eye-opening account of the history of servants in Britain

After his surprise election, Pope Francis must maintain momentum to reform the Curia

Pope Francis greets parishioners outside Sant'Anna church (CNS)

The Pontiff’s ‘Italian identity’ and a wise choice of Secretary of State will help bring about change at the Vatican

‘Mourners for hire’ are a sign of our troubled times

Cardinal Angelo Scola celebrates the funeral mass for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

The breakdown of family and community life is behind dwindling numbers at funerals

Giles Fraser is wrong to say that evangelicals miss the point of the Cross

Dr Giles Fraser Photo: PA

Dr Giles Fraser is mistaken when he suggests that celebrating the triumph of the Cross is theologically illiterate