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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

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