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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

A message for the Synod – lose the family and Europe loses the faith too

Fewer people are getting married, and staying married (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

As a recently published book shows, the decline in religious faith is intimately linked to a decline in family formation

The secret of a happy marriage: accepting there are no perfect relationships

Pope Francis blesses new spouses this month (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

With Britain the divorce capital of Europe, young people need all the help they can get