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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

There is always a way back for everyone who fails

Bishop Kieran Conry (Mazur/Catholicchurch.org.uk)

Let us all – and not just Bishop Kieran Conry – consider our position in the light of redemption

Padre Pio was the opposite of a fan-hugging, autograph-signing celebrity

Pilgrims photograph the body of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

‘Brusque to the point of being rude’, the Italian saint was only interested in one personality – the Son of God

Isn’t it time that the buskers at Bath Abbey were asked to move on?

A street performer plays guitar outside Bath Abbey (PA)

Correct interaction between the secular and the sacred is vital for a healthy society

Five ways to make the annulment process better

Pope Francis blesses 20 couples at a wedding last week, less than a month before the Synod (CNS)

Believe it or not, many millions of Catholics around the world have no recourse to an annulment process at all

We need to strive for an ever more perfect Union

The chief moral reason for supporting the Union is because we are committed to peace, Fr Lucie-Smith says (PA)

That the Union is not perfect is an obvious point but no human institution is perfect

Thank God for Jung Chang, who told the truth about China

Jung Chang talks to journalist during opening ceremony of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February 2013 (PA)

There is no one better than a repentant fanatic to tell us how wicked fanaticism can be

The redemptive power of Our Lady of Sorrows is perfectly encapsulated by Michelangelo’s Pietà

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

To contemplate one of the great artist’s masterworks it is to experience an inkling of what redemption entails

What should you do when a child starts crying during Mass?

A boy hugs Pope Francis while he is trying to deliver a speech (Photo: PA)

A noisy child is a challenge for the whole congregation, not just for the priest and parents

Libya’s Christian community is not the first to face extinction in North Africa

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

The decline in Confession is the most vivid illustration of the Church’s fall

Confession: its decline mirrors that of the Church (CNS)

If Confession fades away, so does Holy Communion