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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

After the latest terrorist outrage, the international community must wake up and help the Kenyan people

Blood stains on the floor of the Jesus Joy church in Kenya as police officers attend the scene (PA)

The recent attack on the Jesus Joy Church, which left at least six people dead, is thought to be the work of Al-Shabaab

The real story behind the Pope’s message to the Mafia: Hell exists and we all need to take this on board

Pope Francis and Father Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia group Libera, participate in a prayer service for Mafia victims (CNS)

Pope Francis has made clear that we will live with the consequences of our actions forever

The Pope’s choice for the new Archbishop of Liverpool shows that he is prepared to search far and wide for new bishops

Bishop McMahon will be installed on The Feast of St Joseph the Worker on May 1 (Mazur)

The McMahon ‘pick’ represents a spreading of the net, though not perhaps a very dramatic one

Hail, glorious St Patrick!

Thousands gather of Dublins O'Connell Street for this years St Patricks day parade (PA)

But beware the dangerous new tradition that paints 20th century Ireland as a grim theocracy

Christian socialism has always been a force in British politics

'Tony Benn was certainly a content-rich politician, in contrast to the content-lite politicians who created New Labour' (PA)

If a society is to flourish then the secular arena must make room for religious viewpoints

Bishop Egan is right: hardline secularism simply does not work – and never will

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Into the space created by secularism will flood some other not necessarily benign ideology

A pastoral Pope alone cannot deliver change and renewal

Pope Francis walks past musicians before a general audience (AP)

Pastoral bishops and priests must help the Pope if his desired changes are to be achieved

Opening the gates of the Papal gardens

Benedict XVI pictured in 2010 walking with his personal secretary, Msgr Georg Ganswein, in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

The public will soon be able to visit the grounds of Castel Gandolfo

Pope Francis, please write a new encyclical on contraception

Francis may develop the insights contained in Humanae Vitae (CNS)

I bet Francis is going to develop Church teaching on birth control at some point in his pontificate

Pope Francis would want bishops to seek inspiration from Les Misérables

Colm Wilkinson as Bishop Myriel in Les Misérables

The musical’s Bishop Myriel is the best example of a Pope Francis-style bishop. Cardinal Wolsey, or Cardinal Richelieu, on the other hand…