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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 Power and the Glory remains the greatest argument for Catholicism ever made

Greene’s novel is a great argument for the faith, but so is the country in which it was set

The faith of Mexicans is profoundly moving

A shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Tijuana, Mexico Photo: CNS/David Maung

The kingdom of saints is real to the people of this country

Dickens is disappointingly thin – give me AN Wilson anytime

Dickens... not as good the second time round AP/Press Association Images

A very good novel can make a Mexican bus journey pass very quickly

Despite reports of violence, I feel totally safe walking around Mexico

A statue of Jesus is seen in the Church of St. Andrew in Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla CNS phot o/Greg Tarczynski

Some 50,000 people have been killed in the war on drugs, and yet the country will survive this calamity as it has survived others

At last I can start to understand the American Civil War

A nun cares for a wounded soldier in a detail from a larger Civil War-era print (CNS photo/courtesy University Archives, The Catholic University of America)

In the history books, though, the conflict rages on

We ought to applaud ‘real-life superheroes’

The self-styled superhero Phoenix Jones (real name Benjamin Fodor) speaks to reporters (AP)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says that Catholic teaching offers support to the self-styled superheroes fighting crime from Yeovil to Seattle

Taking drugs should be legal but discouraged in the same way as smoking

Smoking is widely seen as unhealthy and unglamorous (Photo: PA)

The war on drugs hasn’t worked. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, has declined steadily since the Second World War

How Catholic was Puccini?

A new, Freudian study suggests the composer’s Catholicism was skin deep

Believe it or not, the new BBC series on the Crusades is excellent

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic

No one has the right to occupy the Vatican

The police’s zero tolerance policy on demonstrations in St Peter’s Square is the only one possible