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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

Happy Holidays, folks, and Happy feast of St Peter Canisius

St Peter Canisius, hero of the the Counter-Reformation

The man who saved much of Germany for Catholicism has a lesson for us in the 21st century

Britain could save Middle Eastern Christians. It just doesn’t want to

Boy measures mortar shell on a machine in weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (CNS)

Our Government’s indifference to Syria makes it the most anti-Christian Government to date

To see segregation of this type as divinely mandated is to degrade religion

Education Secretary, Michael Gove said that segregating men and women in lectures was "pandering to extremism"

That certain Muslims want to hold segregated meetings in universities should not blind us to a few important considerations

We treat drug users very differently depending on their social class. We need to ask ourselves, why?

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson admitted using cocaine during two periods of her life (PA)

All drugs should be legalised and their production and distribution should be regulated and taxed

When the crowd at Mandela’s memorial service booed Jacob Zuma an important line was crossed

South African President Jacob Zuma reads his speech during the memorial service for former Nelson Mandela (PA)

Will the public barracking of the South African president mark the beginning of the end for the politics of wishful thinking in Africa?

What role can be played by Sharia Law in contemporary Britain?

Female dress codes are the most high-profile aspect of Islamic law (AP)

The ‘vigilantes’ of east London may have been Pythonesque, but the issue is deadly serious

Nelson Mandela brilliantly embodied the ideals of reconciliation and forgiveness

Nelson Mandela, who died at the age 95 earlier today (Photo: PA)

The South African hero shows that even the secular world needs its saints

Simon Reeve is the ideal person to explore contemporary pilgrimage

Simon Reeve

His new BBC series resists the contemporary habit of dismissing everything religious as either valueless or meaningless

Values-free democracy is just another form of tyranny

Terry Sanderson of the NSS

The National Secular Society want secularism, but what does that mean?

How to argue with anti-Catholics

Valuable real estate in the centre of town

The Church is Fascist, the Church is Marxist, the Church is too rich – the same allegations come up again and again