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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

The Church must challenge the idea that life on earth always ends with heaven

Michelangelo's Last Judgment (CNS photo)

The drama of salvation is one in which we all play a part, whether we like it or not

Don’t believe what you’ve read about Cardinal Martini’s last interview

Cardinal Martini after celebrating his final Mass as Archbishop of Milan in 2002 (AP)

The cardinal was calling for a religious revival, not for the abolition of unpopular Church teachings

Tanzania’s vanishing Greek community is a parable of the failures of modern Africa

The sun sets over Mawenzi Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

At last, an author who grasps how strange and sophisticated the continent really is

Why did the Arabs thrive while the Huns and Avars died out? Islam

Mideast Saudi Arabia Hajj

Last night’s documentary on the birth of Islam illustrates how powerful religion made Arabic culture

St Augustine can inspire Muslims and non-believers as well as Christians

St Augustine played by Franco Nero in a new film of his life called Restless Heart (Photo: CNS)

His book Confessions is proof that the human heart does not change much over the years

Prince Harry has damaged the bond between people and monarchy

Naked Harry pictures published

When the royal family start to behave like ordinary people, they will cease to represent us

Dom Mintoff, a dominant figure in Malta for 30 years, did great harm to his country

Dom Mintoff in 1972 (Photo: AP)

A friend to Mao, Gaddafi and the Khmer Rouge, he was no harmless eccentric, and knew when to send in his thugs

Catholics should be wary of supporting the Russian Orthodox Church against Pussy Riot

Russia Punks vs Putin

Among the victims of the Putin-Orthodox alliance are Russia’s Catholic minority

What St Stephen of Hungary can teach us about manners

St Stephen could teach many web users about manners

The patron saint of Hungary has lots to teach us in the internet age

What the world needs now is a new toilet

Reinventing the Toliet

Inventing a new lavatory would make a huge difference to people’s lives