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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

baby

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’

POPE GIVES COMMUNION TO GIRL DURING CHRISTMAS EVE MASS AT VATICAN

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

It is fitting that Pope Benedict made his announcement on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

POPE WALKS NEAR RELICS OF ST. BERNADETTE SOUBIROUS DURING MASS AT VATICAN

It is indicative both of his love for Our Lady and an acknowledgement of his own growing weakness

Whatever our sadness over Benedict, we will rejoice over ‘Habemus Papam’

Pope resigns

We will miss Joseph Ratzinger, but the Church goes on

The way forward for us foot-soldiers in the Church

Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

As Benedict XVI begins his own private journey of prayer, we too should give time for Eucharistic Adoration

Virtuous atheism is not enough

Ten Commandments Monument

Alain de Botton’s intentions are noble, but his quest for 10 Commandments for Atheists is fruitless

After yesterday’s vote, I won’t be voting for the Tories again

Home Secretary Theresa May said she supported the Bill as a practising Anglican (Photo: PA)

The marriage Bill has opened a chasm between its supporters and opponents

Women are being brutalised by ‘equality’

Women in Combat Milestones

Women are better off giving life than taking it