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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Books blog: Families must work together to stay strong in our society

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday (CNS)

The Turning argues that parents who want to instil traditional values in their children can’t do so alone

The future Blessed Pope Paul VI was a great champion of family life

File photo of Pope Paul VI greeting children during Rome parish visit in 1968

Humanae Vitae upheld the sanctity of marriage despite opposition from inside and outside the Church

An author’s story that shows faith is a gradual process

'Philip Trower came to see that all converts become Catholic for the same reason' (CNS)

Philip Trower’s recollections of his spiritual journey shows that a belief in God can be taught and caught in many different ways

Why I proudly display a pro-life car sticker

A woman poses with 'Choose Life' licene plate in America (CNS)

I have received surprisingly positive responses since displaying the sticker

How a paralysed man came to see that life is worth living

Philippe, potrayed in the film Untouchable

Having lost everything, a French widower found comfort and revelation in St Paul

Nick Clegg should read Evelyn Waugh before writing his next manifesto

Evelyn Waugh (PA)

Waugh was as politically incorrect as it is possible to be

We can learn a lot from St Nicholas Owen, the priest-hole maker

Priest demonstrates the use of the priest hole during the Tudor era (CNS)

Owen shows that sanctity has nothing to do with social status or educational attainments

Why a French town became a haven for Jews fleeing from the Nazis

France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy walks past the Wall of Names during his visit to the Shoah Memorial in Paris. In one part of France in particular locals resisted (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, pool)

A new book looks at a part of southern France where tight-knit communities saved Jewish lives

It’s a shame our culture views chastity with such suspicion

Society views celibacy as a strange lifestyle choice

Contrary to popular assumptions, chastity is dynamic, creative and radical

Why the thought of organ donation makes me nervous

'The more divided the medical establishment seems to be on "brain death",  the more I hesitate to sign an organ donation card' (PA)

There is much about brain function that is not yet understood and it appears that the medical definition of ‘brain death’ is not infallible