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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Books blog: Keeping the memory of Archbishop Fulton Sheen alive

Archbishop Fulton Sheen (CNS)

A revelatory new book will please those anxious to see Archbishop Sheen’s canonisation

Books blog: An angry polemic against the Church disguised as fiction

A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

John Boyne’s latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is driven by blunt ideology rather than subtle ideas

Russia has experienced a spiritual resurrection

The end of Communism was extremely stressful, but Russians are finding their faith again (AP)

A quarter century after the Communist nightmare ended, it is the East where Christianity is rising again

What would St John Paul II have made of the family synod?

Pope Francis waves after the general audience on April 30 (CNS)

During the synod we heard too much about failed marriages and too little about faithful marriages

Do lavish weddings make for happy marriages?

An American university has carried out research into the cost of weddings and the success of marriages (AP Photo)

Money and how you spend it can be a prime source of friction in a marriage

The synod’s struggle to balance charity with truth

Pope Francis wipes his eyes at the start of the morning session of the synod yesterday (CNS)

There is good reason to discuss what can be done pastorally within the context of doctrinal truth

The synod is inspiring the debate on marriage the Church desperately needs

A bride smiles during the joint wedding ceremony in St Peter's last month (AP)

The blogosphere has been ignited by the synod on the family

Books blog: Why Brian Cox really needs to read some St Augustine

Prof Brian Cox (PA)

Unlike Richard Dawkins, the physicist displays a winning humility when discussing God’s existence

Synod must show faith is not an inconvenience to family life

Members of the faithful at a prayer vigil led by Pope Francis on Saturday ahead of the synod (CNS)

Priests and bishops need to help couples understand the married vocation

Saving Christian marriage is more pressing than the issue of Communion for the divorced and re-married

Cardinal Kasper and Cardinal Oullet hold opposing views on Communion for the dicorce and re-married (CNS)

As Mary Eberstadt points out promoting stable marriages makes sound economic sense