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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

The importance of a priest ‘knocking on a few doors’

No one ever forgets a priest who visited the sick, but does ‘going out and about’ make a difference to non-Massgoers

The incredible sacrifice of Salvo D’Acquisto

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Just 22 when he gave up his life, the story of this young Carabinieri should be better known

Why Edith Stein makes an excellent choice for patron saint of Europe

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It is in light of the Holocaust that European civilisation must be rebuilt

As an Olympicphobe I will not be protesting against the Games

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Even for those of us who do not enjoy the Games, there are no real good reasons to object to them

Simon Raven: an entertaining read, but no Powell

Alms for Oblivion is an entertaining but shallow tale, and not a patch on A Dance to the Music of Time

Can there be salvation outside of the Church?

What happens to a good person who is not a practising Christian?

People become bored by religion because they do not understand it

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And talk of Hell is not the best way to bring them back

Yesterday’s Appeal Court ruling strikes me as a serious blow to religious freedom

The Royal Courts of Justice, home to the Court of Appeal (Photo: PA)

If the judgment is upheld, canon law is to be replaced by employment law

This is the age of addiction. Could Puritanism come next?

Cupcakes can be difficult to resist (PA photo)

Civilisation never knows what’s around the corner, as present trends rarely continue – in fact, they will probably reverse

Why I’m glad I saw Auschwitz

An icon of evil seared into the public consciousness AP Photo

There are some things that are simply evil in themselves, and never to be justified