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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 influential Catholic whose love is boundless

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (CNS)

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is deserving of her place on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people

Africa and Asia provide us with an inconvenient truth

'Europe has abandoned traditional morality, by and large, while other places have kept it' (CNS)

Responses to Pew Foundation survey suggests huge differences in opinion on moral questions between Catholics from different continents

Catholicism is essentially a calm faith and has no need of shrill defenders

Catholics don't need to take a shrill tone with followers of other traditions (PA)

Angry polemics usually give the impression that the Faith we hold rests on shaky foundations

The lesson of the Jean McConville case is as old as Moses – human beings count

Jean McConville (left) with three of her children before she vanished in 1972,

Whatever the background to the case, her killing cannot just be forgotten

Employers who do not allow their workers to enjoy their work and use their creative skills are deforming God’s creation

St Joseph the worker sets an example to us all (PA)

St Joseph the Worker pray for us!

Pope Francis is right to praise bold speaking but it needs to be in support of the indissolubility of marriage

Pope Francis referred to the Synod on Marriage and Family at the canonisation ceremony (PA)

Pope Francis’s homily yesterday seemed to be an insight into the upcoming Synod on Marriage and Family

Putin’s anti-Westernism contains within it a profound anti-Catholicism

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

Dangers to religion from too close a relationship to the state are vividly illustrated by Putin today

Tony Blair’s alliance with China and Russia is as immoral as it is naive

Whatever Blair says, we cannot put aside differences with Russia and China (PA)

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

A pair of saints to be proud of

John Paul II prays during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2003 Below: John XXIII pictured in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

John XXIII was very much a man of the people, while John Paul II lived the Gospel without compromise

Love and envy: exploring the psychology of Judas

Judas betraying Jesus in The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

Judas was perhaps the first person to hate God in terms we can understand