Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

The conversion of Mexico was the single most successful mission undertaken by the Catholic Church. Why did it succeed when others failed?

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence

The Catholic writer is nowadays neglected, but much of his writing is florid, dull and unreadable

His attitude to sacred music is symptomatic of the modern age’s attitude to religious art

We must take a leaf out of the evangelicals’ book in trying to attract people back to Catholic churches

Foreign visitors may be attending High Anglican services under the impression that they are Roman Catholic

Muslims who oppose fundamentalism should recognise the Pope as an ally

Turkey is a great friend of Britain, but still has its problems. If Prime Minister Erdogan can overcome these he will go down as the greatest Turk since Suleiman the Magnificent

One cannot be an Anglican and use the Roman Missal – it is one or the other

Believers ought not to be self-obsessed, but novels are about self-obsession