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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

IVF may have brought joy – but it’s also brought misery and ended lives

The IVF process Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

With Sir Robert Edwards’s death we should still remember that ‘playing God’ brings problems

Poles will always be grateful for Thatcher

Radek Sikorski, Poland's Foreign Minister Photo: Press Association

Radek Sikorski, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has described Thatcher’s fight against Communism as a “moral inspiration”

The Iron Lady reminds me of pontiffs past and present

Baroness Thatcher (Photo: PA)

Margaret Thatcher had her critics, Pope Francis can expect to have his too

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