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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

Iraq’s implosion is another disaster for Christians in the Middle East

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

One of the poorest, most atheistic places in Europe, Albania is a natural destination for Francis

Albanian Catholic women at prayer in northern Albania. The Pope visits the country in September (CNS)

Francis will do great good in Europe’s only Muslim-majority country

What Christians can learn from the World Cup

Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff World Cup (CNS)

Brazil’s huge gulf between rich and poor should shake Christian consciences

Catholics should be wary of Hillary Clinton’s latest image makeover

Hillary Clinton: the next president of the United States?

As president, Mrs Clinton would be a fervent supporter of so-called ‘abortion rights’

Peace in the Middle East is impossible without prayer

The Pope with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas  (PA)

Pope Francis’s initiative may not work immediately but it is an important first step

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