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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 Guardian, Britain’s liberal newspaper, has warm praise for the Catholic Church. The subject? Death

A lady prepares to receive the Sacrament of the Sick at a care home in Rochester, New York (CNS photo)

As a hospital chaplain administering to the dying you learn a lot about life and human dignity

The best thing a Catholic can do for Lent is to go to Mass every day

The Scala brings to mind the knowledge that Christ suffered and died at a certain place and a certain time

This year I will go through the Passion narrative of St Mark line by line

Why religion can never be ‘a private matter’

Polly Toynbee: committed to reasonable debate Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Religious-secular debate continues to be a dialogue of the deaf

What happened to alienate British people from their faith?

Mexicans crowd around a relic and wax effigy of Blessed John Paul II at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Catholicism flourishes in this country  CNS photo/Keith Dannemiller

What we can learn from the Church in Mexico

The Power and the Glory remains the greatest argument for Catholicism ever made

Greene’s novel is a great argument for the faith, but so is the country in which it was set

The faith of Mexicans is profoundly moving

A shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Tijuana, Mexico Photo: CNS/David Maung

The kingdom of saints is real to the people of this country

Dickens is disappointingly thin – give me AN Wilson anytime

Dickens... not as good the second time round AP/Press Association Images

A very good novel can make a Mexican bus journey pass very quickly

Despite reports of violence, I feel totally safe walking around Mexico

A statue of Jesus is seen in the Church of St. Andrew in Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla CNS phot o/Greg Tarczynski

Some 50,000 people have been killed in the war on drugs, and yet the country will survive this calamity as it has survived others

At last I can start to understand the American Civil War

A nun cares for a wounded soldier in a detail from a larger Civil War-era print (CNS photo/courtesy University Archives, The Catholic University of America)

In the history books, though, the conflict rages on

We ought to applaud ‘real-life superheroes’

The self-styled superhero Phoenix Jones (real name Benjamin Fodor) speaks to reporters (AP)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says that Catholic teaching offers support to the self-styled superheroes fighting crime from Yeovil to Seattle