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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

Pope Francis is right. We do love our pets more than our children

A three years female puppy, is groomed at a pet hotel in Seoul, South Korea

There are baby elephants fed on powdered milk near Nairobi while down the road human babies never see powdered milk from one year’s end to the next

Why I will be returning to Uganda

A child walks past huts at a former camp for displaced persons most of whom have now returned to their villages, in Bobi, near Gulu, Uganda (PA)

When the Ebola virus broke out in Uganda thirteen Catholics remained and gave their lives for their patients

Religious liberalism is dead: it’s time to give it a decent burial

A Lego statue of Jesus at a church at Vasteras, Sweden (AP)

Faced with the drama of sin and death, the ‘Church of Nice’ simply doesn’t cut it

A pardon for Meriam is not enough. We need an admission that the law on apostasy is plain wrong.

Meriam Ibrahim

Meriam Ibrahim, sentenced to hang by a Sudanese court for the crime of apostasy, may soon be freed

Sudan must recognise that the rights of conscience are sovereign

Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher who was jailed in Sudan in 2007 for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Mohammed (PA)

The case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim tells us a great deal about the Muslim mindset as it exists in Sudan today

The Stuarts were a happier and nicer family than the Hanoverians

Bonnie Prince Charles: a happy-ish childhood

A newly released letter from Bonnie Prince Charlie reveals something about their family life

Should the contents of Jackie Kennedy’s private letters to a priest have been made public?

Jackie Kennedy (PA)

All Catholics have the right to speak to their pastors in the strictest confidence

The cancellation of Harvard’s Black Mass teaches us that Blessed Sacrament processions work

A Corpus Christi procession makes it way through Rome (CNS)

Adoring the Blessed Sacrament must be the Church’s central focus

If Pope Paul was a saint, he was a martyr too — a martyr for truth and a martyr to duty

Pope Paul VI makes his way past bishops during a session of the Second Vatican Council in 1964 (CNS)

Pope Paul VI’s beatification will be an opportunity to re-discover his teaching, which willl do us a world of good

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