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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 disappearance of traditional religious orders is changing the landscape of the Church

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who said more than 3,000 people leave religious life each year, with Pope Francis (CNS)

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

Can one man restore faith where it has died? Yes, and it has happened before

The Intercession of Charles Borromeo supported by the Virgin Mary at the Karlskirche in Vienna

The life of St Charles Borromeo serves as a lesson

We need more brainy cardinals like Prosper Grech

Prosper Grech receives the red hat from Benedict XVI in 2012 (PA)

Every new cardinal should be a possible future Pope, a man with leadership potential

It is a great pity that holy days are fading from the popular mind

Mass attendance on Holy Days of Obligation seems to have declined (PA)

For the great majority of people tomorrow will be just another Friday and not the great solemnity of All Saints

Hysteria over paedophilia and child abduction does nothing to serve justice

'The worse the crime, the more careful we need to be in our administration of justice' (PA)

The murder of an innocent man in Bristol illustrates how gossip and innuendo can have catastrophic results

The extraordinary deeds of an ordinary Catholic

Mother Antonia Brenner (CNS)

Mother Antonia Brenner decided at the age of 50 to devote herself to the inmates of a Tijuana prison

Come polling day we will not forgive our leaders for their silence over Egypt’s Christians

Our Government needs to face up to the persecution of Christians abroad (PA)

Sticking up for Christians is not something Britain’s ruling Coalition does

I love to admire this beautiful God-made world but I wish we could see beyond what God has made

Box Hill in Surrey is famous for its beautiful views and features in the Jane Austen novel, Emma (PA)

Have we turned nature into another form of self-indulgence?

The history of the Ottomans highlights the tension in Islam between religious and secular law

Rageh Omaar host the BBC series, The Ottomans: Europe's Muslim Emperors (PA)

BBC series explores how the Suleiman the Magnificent submitted Sharia law to his own will

We do not want a middle-class Church

Westminster Cathedral, built by and for the Irish poor of London (CNS)

The Catholic Church in England has lost its working-class base