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Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Thatcher’s role in defeating Communism was her greatest legacy

Reagan and Thatcher in 1984 (AP Photo/Pool/Bill Rountree)

Along with President Reagan she helped to create a free Poland

What do we hope for in heaven? Home

Heaven, as imagined in Baltimore CNS

It won’t be endless beer and jazz in the afterlife

Even if he had to announce the Second Coming Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi would keep his cool

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi: as cool as a cucumber (AP)

Both Fr Lombardi and Pope Francis have the Jesuit gift of remaining calm under fire

Catholics should be more like Michael Coren and less like Joe Biden

Pope Francis greets US Vice President Joe Biden and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, at the Vatican

The British Canadian writer is unapologetic about his faith and we should follow his lead

Why must the media talk piffle about Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene, as depicted by Monica Bellucci in The Passion of the Christ  (CNS)

The BBC’s Good Friday programme was tired and intellectually threadbare

The life and death of Boris Berezovsky should serve as a cautionary tale

Boris Berezovsky (Photo: PA)

Comparing the fate of the Russian oligarch and the life of Pope Francis is sad but instructive

A blog supporting a New Feminism is a welcome idea. Good for Caroline Farrow

St. Hildegard of BIngen is depicted on a gilded altarpiece inside the Rochuskapelle, a pilgrim church in Bingen am Rhein, Germany (Photo: CNS)

Catholic Women Rising is a novel way of expressing the Church’s goodness

It is easy for us to condemn those who live under tyranny

Fr Bergoglio as a young priest in Argentina (CNS)

What would we have done in Argentina?

Both Benedict and Francis are holy men – but with naturally different personal styles

Pope Francis (second left) as a young man with his family (CNS)

It does not rock the barque of Peter to put aside minor traditions

Pope Francis is preaching by his behaviour

I'm glad my parents called me Francis now... (AP)

The pope’s new style does not reflect badly on his predecessor