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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Pope Francis – what’s in a name?

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

We need a new pope with the steel of St Francis

Let us pray for the man who must carry this burden

Cardinals attend Mass for election of pope in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

It is called the ‘room of tears’ for a reason

I will be praying for Cardinal Dolan…

I'll be praying for Cardinal Dolan Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images

… whatever my personal criticisms

The bad-tempered boy who was transformed by God’s grace

St Dominic Savio, a student of St John Bosco, died at the age of about 15

The story, told by Fr Michael Hollings, is one that priests must see many times in their careers

What the British healthcare system could learn from Rwanda

President of Rwanda Paul Kagame addresses the UN. The country has made strides in healthcare AP Photo/Richard Drew

The African country has made great progress, showing it’s not how much money is spent, but how

Pope Benedict is not ‘abandoning the Cross’

The faithful watch a screen showing Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square yesterday (AP)

Benedict XVI’s abdication is a blessing in disguise

Sophie Scholl, executed by the Nazis 70 years ago, shows the human spirit at its finest

Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, June 1942 (Photo © George (Jürgen) Wittenstein / akg-images)

Both Sophie and her fellow German Joseph Ratzinger were inspired by Newman’s writings on conscience

The doctors who single-handedly reduced the abortion rate in China


Dr Evelyn Billings, who died last week, travelled the world teaching women about their own natural fertility

The Church is not a party and it doesn’t need a ‘Clause 4 movement’


Thankfully the younger generation understand better than the elder BBC crowd

On Benedict XVI, the BBC is already writing the first draft of history

Benedict XVI

The Catholic liberal elite dominate the corporation