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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

Does Catholicism cause wars? Not if it is true Catholicism

A Republican dressed as a Loyalist terrorist takes part in a Belfast protest march (Photos: PA)

Christianity’s strong streak of pacifism is rooted in the words of Jesus

He might not have stepped foot in England, but don’t denigrate St George

St George's Day celebrations in Swindon

We should be proud of our international soldier-saint

Archbishop Piero Marini’s veiled swipes at Benedict XVI show how urgent Curial reform is

Archbishop Marini: 'The Council is not behind us. It still precedes us'  (PA)

Perhaps the archbishop has been mistranslated. What exactly was he hoping to achieve?

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