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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

Religious persecution has existed through the ages. We must continue to fight it, and take it as a compliment

A painting by Mexican artist Martha Orozco featuring six priests canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000

As the sacrifice of the Mexican martyrs shows, anti-Catholicism will always rebound on itself

What is the Church doing about Cardinal O’Brien?

Cardinal Keith O'Brien – how is the Church dealing with complaints? AP Photo

This is not the time for Catholics to circle the wagon

This Pentecost remember the Pope in your prayers and Malta’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta's Gianluca Bezzina, centre, performs during the second semifinal of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Photo: PA

I hope that Gianluca Bezzina brings Malta to victory in this year’s contest

The first step towards truth is acknowledging how little we know

The then Cardinal Bergoglio on the Buenos Aires subway (AP Photo/Pablo Leguizamon, File)

When it comes to the Catholic Church people think they know it all

If Marie Antoinette had had Camilla’s reputation managers, France would still be a monarchy

Virtually a national treasure (Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

The truth the mob clings to is often fragile

The Great Gatsby tells us the world is an empty place without faith

Leonardo di Caprio plays Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's new film

How will the Baz Luhrmann film, out in the UK next week, confront its existential themes?

The death of Giulio Andreotti, the political giant who went to Mass every day, marks a milestone in European history

Giulio Andreotti, right, would 'never tell you what he was thinking' (Photo: PA)

Andreotti, who has died aged 94, was nicknamed the ‘Eternal One’ of Italian politics. He was the opposite of bunga-bunga loving Berlusconi

Why on earth do parents want to give their children silly names?

David and Victoria Beckham with their children Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn Photo: PA

We should return to the days when children were named after saints rather than following the example of celebrities

The decline of political party membership in Britain has profound and depressing implications for religion

Ed Miliband and Hastings parliamentry candidate Sarah Owen claim victory in yesterday's elections (Photo: PA)

We seem to be moving away from mass movements towards a more atomised society. What can we do about it?

As a Catholic priest in Britain I have to drag couples down the aisle

Your wedding doe not have to be as grand as this (PA)

Couples are reluctant to have their big day in this country