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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

Banning Mugabe would drag the Vatican into a diplomatic minefield

Robert Mugabe receives Holy Communion at the beatification Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The Vatican is a Church; on what grounds can it ban someone from coming to Mass?

Contemporary Britain is in crisis. May the royal wedding bring renewal

A royal enthusiast camps across the road from Westminster Abbey to ensure a good view of the wedding  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Every empire falls for a simple reason: a lack of self-belief. And our leaders don’t seem to believe anything much any more

What does the Church teach about dialogue with Islam?

Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (CNS photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool via Reuters)

The documents of Vatican II did address Islam in passing, though they seem a little optimistic now

How was your Easter?

How was your Easter?

Easter on the island of Malta is filled with colourful processions and feasting

Why Catholics care about the Cross

Guido Reni's Crucifixion in San Lorenzo in Lucina, Rome

It tells us a simple fact: that God loves us, all of us, and died for us

The Mass of the Last Supper is, to me, the most beautiful service in Holy Week

The Cathedral of Mdina, Malta, decorated for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul (courtesy of the New Liturgical Movement)

One of the glories of the Triduum is the long and silent adoration at the Altar of Repose. One of its miseries is the attempt by misguided people to fill in the silence

Freedom of dress is part of our freedom of expression

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A supporter of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami attends a rally to condemn the ban imposed on the burqa or veil in France (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Is it too much to suggest that at the heart of the Western manner of dress is a reverence for the face, and that this springs from a religious impulse?

Will the new Missal buck the trend and be a nice book?

A copy of the Borgianus Latinus, a missal for Christmas made for Pope Alexander VI  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In the past books were objects of beauty and made to last, that art has been lost

Which wedding vows will Kate and Will use?

The late Diana, Princess of Wales dropped the "obey" from her wedding vow  PA

While Catholics have only one form of wedding vow, Anglicans can pick from many. Which will the royal couple go for?

Not even liturgists are immune to Royal wedding fever

Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton  PA

As the Royal wedding approaches the Church of England and the Church have prepared special prayers, but what should Will and Catherine be called?