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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The strong pro-life leadership shown by Bishop Egan is needed today as never before

Bishop Egan has received criticism for his comments last week (Mazur)

To witness to the truth in public is to invite a backlash from those who are offended or angered by it. But sometimes there is no alternative.

Channel Four’s latest documentary on the Vatican presents the Church as the scarlet woman of ancient propaganda

Secrets of the Vatican aired last night on Channel 4 (CNS)

Secrets of the Vatican asks some worthy questions but makes sweeping statements at points

The message every blogger should have pinned at their top of their screens

Bishop Egan: 'we must exercise discretion, respect others and their privacy'

Bishop Philip Egan is right: we have to speak the truth – but always with love

This film destroys the negative propaganda about Down syndrome in just two minutes

A mother and daughter from the video 'Dear Future Mom'

The viral video ‘Dear Future Mom’ is a rare, life-enhancing contribution to the debate about disability

We need to pray for another Fulton Sheen

Woman prays at the tomb of Fulton Sheen (CNS)

The case of Archbishop Sheen is especially significant for our times

The abuse survivor who reminds me that we are supposed to be a light to the world

Abuse survivor Dawn Eden

Dawn Eden, an American survivor of sexual abuse brings hope to others

Mgr Tomas Halik is a deserving winner of the Templeton Prize

Mgr Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference after being awarded the 2014 Templeton Prize

Like John Paul II, he was ordained in secret and lived and worked under Communism for many years

Francis has shown us the human face of holiness in his first year

Pope Francis (CNS)

Radiating an absorption in the Gospel with unabashed simplicity is the Pope’s gift

A deathbed conversion is not a cop-out

Lord McAlpine converted to Catholicism after a second triple heart bypass (PA)

Converting at the end of your life takes humility and courage

The secret to happiness? Newman has the answers

Cardinal Newman – follow his advice and be happy

10 steps towards becoming a happier, holier person