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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

Seeking out Sicily’s treasures

A temple built in the 5th-century BC by Greek colonisers in Selinunte, Sicily (AP)

Money, care and time has been spent on restoring the historic sights of the island

Are priests more prone to stress and mental illness?

The priesthood – one of the more stressful jobs

And the main cause is that priests have to deal with so many difficult people

Secularism cuts both ways: the Church should stay out of politics, but the State should stay out of the Church

Tyrants everywhere fear  this (CNS)

North Korea, China and Saudi Arabia share with the Tudor’s a fear of Catholicism as a rival authority

We need to leave behind our selfie-obsession

A rainbow over flood water in the English county of Somerset (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)

The Romantic revolution embodied by Wordsworth has run its course

The Mark Duggan verdict brings in capital punishment by the back door

Carol Duggan, the aunt of Mark Duggan, speaks at a vigil in his memory outside Tottenham Police Station on Saturday (PA)

The result of the inquest also begs the question, can there be justice without charity?

Ouagadougou 1, Venice nil – the Pope begins to rebalance the College of Cardinals

Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti, one of two Caribbeans to be given a red hat next month (Photo: CNS)

The faithful of Burkina Faso will be celebrating

Let’s pray for Amanda Knox and Rafaele Sollecito

At the end of this month a court in Florence will reach its verdict on the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Rafaele Sollecito (PA)

They are victims of the Italian obsession with conspiracy theories

When, if ever, should the church refuse to bury someone?

The Church refused give Edith Piaf a Catholic funeral in 1963 (PA)

By refusing a Catholic funeral to a mafioso one is making a powerful point about the sinful nature of the mafia itself

We should fear the prospect of our churches turning into community centres

A Sunday Assembly service in full flow

The idea of ‘atheist religion’ is a stupid one, but it has achieved a fair amount of traction in recent years

Why do we fear wolves so much?

Wolf Hunt

With wolf numbers flourishing, are government cuts to blame?