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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

We must do more to combat ISIS’s insidious propaganda

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own

If I had an hour left to live I’d want to spend it in Valetta

There are worse places to be (AP)

Let’s raise a Kinnie to one of the world’s most beautiful – and most Catholic – cities

The post-Synod debate must not help foster a North-South divide

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, with a group of synod auditors (CNS)

Any talk of a split between North and South is an attack on the Catholic nature of the Church

A night to forget at Vatican Museums

Visitors walk on the spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

Closed galleries and poor lighting make an evening trip to the Vatican Museums an uninspiring experience

Blessed Pope Paul’s message: Truth does not come cheap, we have to suffer for it

The beatification of Pope Paul VI (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

If it comes to a choice between popularity and Truth, we must choose Truth every time

The English version of the Synod document is quite frankly a disgrace. Whoever is responsible for it should be ashamed

Let us hope that he Synod Fathers will listen carefully to the reaction that this document has elicited (CNS)

English is the world’s most important language, or are there some people in the Vatican who have not woken up to that?

Sorry, but the synod’s draft report is no earthquake

Pope Francis (PA)

The report merely reflects what Italian Jesuit theologians have been saying for decades

Why Italians don’t go in for ‘fat shaming’

Stt John XXIII was reputed for his love of good food (CNS)

Are there any Italian Catholics who don’t like food?

Does it matter that Pope Francis was overlooked for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee (Photo: PA)

In many ways the accolade is a sign of acceptability among the world’s great and good

Confused by the synod? Remember, love is the fulfilment of the Law

Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass for the synod in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The concept of gradualism is as old as Christianity itself