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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

I wish Dr Zeke Emanuel was meeting Pope Francis this weekend

Dr Ezekiel J. Emanuel (PA)

Life still has meaning even when you’re old

It is time Catholics confronted the Government’s ‘trojan horse’ threatening faith schools

Catholic schools must be allowed to teach Catholic morals, says Francis Phillips (PA)

OFSTED inspectors are imposing a rigid “Equalities Act” agenda on faith schools

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