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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

If only David Cameron would follow the example of the Italian prime minister

Mariam Ibrahim of Sudan carries one of her children as she arrives with Lapo Pistelli, Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, holding her other child. Also picture is Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, right, his wife Agnese, left (CNS)

Clearly the Italians have been at work behind the scenes to save Meriam Ibrahim

We must welcome Christians fleeing the Middle East to Britain

People grieve at the coffins of two Christian brothers killed in Mosul (CNS)

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

Where is the humanity at the MH17 crash site?

A piece of the plane with the sign "Malaysian airlines" lies in the grass as a group of Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine (PA)

Why were no representatives of the Church in the field praying for the dead?

We can quell our fear of death through belief in the risen Lord

The Resurrection by Lucas Cranach (1558)

The Church must remind us again about the certainty of death

The Church of England’s vote for women bishops has created an insurmountable obstacle to unity

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops  (PA)

From a Catholic point of view, nothing much has changed – it is the principle of female ordination that is the sticking point.

Assisted suicide is not really about compassion: it’s all about money

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the latest high-profile figure to come out in favour of changing the law (PA)

We’re running out of cash to care for a rising number of elderly people. That is why we are talking about ‘assisted dying’

The Reformation was a move away from reason, not towards it

Islam's reformers? (AP)

How can we help Islam reform when so many western commentators do not understand Christianity?

Vatican reformers are lining up at last

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney (CNS photo/Daniel Munoz, Reuters)

Pope Francis cannot lead the Church effectively without an effective Curia to carry out his wishes

Summorum Pontificum has put us in touch with our history

Benedict XVI celebrating Mass in 2012 (CNS)

Seven years ago Benedict XVI’s motu proprio liberated the traditional Latin Mass from all restrictions

Beijing is persecuting the Church because it fears China will one day be Christian

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

One day the superpower will be Christian, and Communism just a distant memory