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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

Why did the Arabs thrive while the Huns and Avars died out? Islam

Mideast Saudi Arabia Hajj

Last night’s documentary on the birth of Islam illustrates how powerful religion made Arabic culture

St Augustine can inspire Muslims and non-believers as well as Christians

St Augustine played by Franco Nero in a new film of his life called Restless Heart (Photo: CNS)

His book Confessions is proof that the human heart does not change much over the years

Prince Harry has damaged the bond between people and monarchy

Naked Harry pictures published

When the royal family start to behave like ordinary people, they will cease to represent us

Dom Mintoff, a dominant figure in Malta for 30 years, did great harm to his country

Dom Mintoff in 1972 (Photo: AP)

A friend to Mao, Gaddafi and the Khmer Rouge, he was no harmless eccentric, and knew when to send in his thugs

Catholics should be wary of supporting the Russian Orthodox Church against Pussy Riot

Russia Punks vs Putin

Among the victims of the Putin-Orthodox alliance are Russia’s Catholic minority

What St Stephen of Hungary can teach us about manners

St Stephen could teach many web users about manners

The patron saint of Hungary has lots to teach us in the internet age

What the world needs now is a new toilet

Reinventing the Toliet

Inventing a new lavatory would make a huge difference to people’s lives

John Lennon’s Imagine encapsulates so many modern objections to religion

London Olympic Games - Day 16

When people stop believing in heaven they often create hell on earth

Romeo and Juliet shows the danger of privatising love

A scene from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

The truth is that love is not a purely private matter. Every marriage has a public resonance

King Lear offers a bleak and godless world. But, when I leave the theatre, I feel hope, not despair

A 1999 production of Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Photo: PA)

And hope is not an illusion; it reflects my experience of the world. To be a Christian in faith and practice is to be genuinely human