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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

Putin’s anti-Westernism contains within it a profound anti-Catholicism

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

Dangers to religion from too close a relationship to the state are vividly illustrated by Putin today

Tony Blair’s alliance with China and Russia is as immoral as it is naive

Whatever Blair says, we cannot put aside differences with Russia and China (PA)

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

A pair of saints to be proud of

John Paul II prays during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2003 Below: John XXIII pictured in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

John XXIII was very much a man of the people, while John Paul II lived the Gospel without compromise

Love and envy: exploring the psychology of Judas

Judas betraying Jesus in The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

Judas was perhaps the first person to hate God in terms we can understand

Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri

Pilate’s wife appears in one verse of St Matthew’s Gospel proclaiming Jesus’s innocence

Standing up for Christians in China is about standing up for freedom of conscience

Woman reads prayer book at Cathedral in Beijing (CNS)

When will governments realise that religion is not their business and should not ever be their business?

Maria Miller could learn a lesson from Pope Francis

Maria Miller who resigned as Culture Secretary earlier today

Politicians must remember their primary role is to serve the public, not cling to power

We should bring the Courtyard of the Gentiles to England

People attend a Courtyard of the Gentiles gathering in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (CNS)

Promoting dialogue between believers and non-believers will enrich our national conversation

Memo to Nancy: there’s more to being Catholic than papal rosary beads

Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the US House of Representatives (AP)

The US politician is ‘thrilled’ with the gift of a rosary, but will her faith ever show in her voting record?

Religious people must remember that history can’t be bypassed

The 'absurd' billboard in America

The post-modern idea that there is no such thing as historical fact, merely historical interpretations, is wrong