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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

Many Catholics in Britain do not grasp how important and rewarding regular Confession can be

Confessions are heard at World Youth Day in Madrid (Photo: CNS)

Why has the practice dropped off so dramatically here, but not in Italy, say, or Kenya?

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

A large Christmas tree CNS photo/Paul Haring

And why we should encourage children to make their own cribs

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the essence of what evangelisation should be about

Candles decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Photo: CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register

The conversion of Mexico was the single most successful mission undertaken by the Catholic Church. Why did it succeed when others failed?

St Ambrose – the man who invented silent reading

St Ambrose, at St Peter's Basilica

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence

Is Belloc best forgotten?

The Catholic writer is nowadays neglected, but much of his writing is florid, dull and unreadable

Why Charlotte Church knows more about liturgy than Rupert Murdoch

Charlotte Church

His attitude to sacred music is symptomatic of the modern age’s attitude to religious art

Why do Catholics become Anglicans?

We must take a leaf out of the evangelicals’ book in trying to attract people back to Catholic churches

Catholics are being deceived into attending non-Catholic services

Definitely a Roman Catholic Mass  Photo: CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters

Foreign visitors may be attending High Anglican services under the impression that they are Roman Catholic

Benedict XVI is the apostle of anti-fundamentalism

Pope Benedict XVI signs Africae Munus, the Apostolic Exhortation about the future of the Church in Africa

Muslims who oppose fundamentalism should recognise the Pope as an ally

We must wish the Turks well in their struggle for Islamic democracy

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with President and Madame Gul Photo: Chris Jackson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Turkey is a great friend of Britain, but still has its problems. If Prime Minister Erdogan can overcome these he will go down as the greatest Turk since Suleiman the Magnificent