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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

How can we revive family life in Britain?

A family in Paraguay, like in Kenya, can't rely on a generous welfare state (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

The family is the original safety net. But, for many of us, it’s just not there any more

The Holocaust is not a day for thinking about Israel and the Palestinians – its horror transcends all issues

Germany Holocaust

The Shoah is hinted at in inhumanity all around us

In Sicily the modern is unspeakably hideous

POPE ARRIVES TO CELEBRATE MASS IN PALERMO

But the island is home to great beauty

The Eight Secrets of a Good Mass

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION SHOWS PRIEST CLEANING COMMUNION VESSELS

And four ways the faithful can help

The Church of England could have a Catholic governor

Royal visit to Cambridgeshire

Despite the Prince’s fears, the Church of England has been led by Catholics, Presbyterians and Lutherans before

Hatred towards Sharon Shoesmith over Baby P hides an ugly agenda

Sharon Shoesmith, former head of children's services at Haringey (Photo: PA)

The scapegoating makes people feel good about themselves but hinders a proper moral investigation of the baby’s death

Malory’s book Morte d’Arthur should be required reading for all who care for souls

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Edward Burne-Jones. The painting took 17 years to complete

It is the nearest thing the English have to a mythology

Six things to pray for in 2013

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on New Year's Day. (Photo: PA)

Ireland, marriage, Parliament, Pope Benedict XVI and atheists all need our prayers in 2013, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

It is not just among Tory backbenchers where the ego is king

First day of new Parliament

… but man is not the measure of all things

How we made ‘choice’ a god

Gay Marriage Amendment

When this worthless value is the pre-eminent good, society suffers