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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

Our current ignorance of the Scriptures is a terrible loss to our culture

A scene from the 2007 film adaptation of Beowulf

Knowledge of the Bible gave Anglo-Saxon poetry its resonance and depth

Let’s hope the new Missal leads to more sung Masses

The Mass is meant to be sung but, by and large, is not (CNS photo)

The English settings I learnt at school seem to have disappeared entirely

Memo to dictators: never outstay your welcome

Muammar Gaddafi pictured during a visit to Rome in 2009 (ANDREW MEDICHINI/AP/Press Association Images)

If Gaddafi had followed this simple rule so many lives would have been spared

Ugly anti-papal protests are harming the so-called secularist cause

A World Youth Day pilgrim walks past protesters in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Protesting about the Pope coming to your city is appalling bad manners

Giuseppe Verdi: the anti-clerical composer with a deeply Catholic soul

Verdi conducts the second performance of the Requiem at La Scala in May 1874

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion

When it comes to brotherly love, we’ve got a lot to learn from the Italians

Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on why so little violent crime happens in Italy

Let’s not get carried away claiming Shakespeare for Catholicism

The current production of All's Well That Ends Well at the Globe. (Photo: Globe)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith reviews a superb production of All’s Well That Ends Well, but cautions against extravagant interpretations of Shakespeare

England would be a more hopeful place if it rediscovered its devotion to Mary

The feast of the Assumption is celebrated in style by Maltese on the island of Gozo

The trouble is that once a tradition has been destroyed, how do you revive it again?

The Malaysian riots’ victim is a brilliant ambassador for his country and his faith

Mohammad Ashraf Haziq, the Malaysian student who had his jaw broken by rioters, and was then robbed, pictured at a press conference

But where were the Catholics in all this?

I hope these riots are a wake-up call. Otherwise, London could end up as lawless as Nairobi

Violence in Hackney, east London (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Tough decisions lie ahead