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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Fake equestrian orders – what drives men to playact?

Vatican Pope Easter

Some men just love to make-believe

Why is it so hard for our society to help survivors of sexual abuse ‘move on’?

Sir Jimmy Savile claims

One abuse victim’s account offers an instructive take on attitudes to paedophilia

The Archbishop of Canterbury faces a daunting task in this Godless country

A funeral in Ireland reminds me how Christian that country still is in comparison

Death is hard, but the ancient, hallowed ritual of the Catholic Church can provide lasting consolation

A Requiem Mass for Czech leader Václav Havel, whose body was cremated (Photo: PA)

Humans require more than secular rites of ‘closure’

Romney ‘ought to win by every measure there is’

Romney 2012

But Obama probably will because of his ‘ideological stance’

My brother’s happy death was the kind we all wish for

A volunteer tends to a patient in Pennsylvania (Photo: PA)

It was a significant contrast to the sad, hasty and solitary deaths so many people are subjected to, not least on the Liverpool Care Pathway

Christianity is not about doing good but making sense of life when sad, miserable sick or poor

Atheist advertising campaign launched

A book of apologetics reminds me why that is the faith’s enduring strength

Artists should be the guardians of beauty, not purveyors of the voyeuristic

The National Gallery where the picture is currently being exhibited

Hamilton’s depiction of the Annunciation at the National Gallery tampers with traditional Christian iconography.

How did Jimmy Savile fool everyone for so long?

Jimmy Savile at the BBC in 1972 (Photo: PA)

The BBC was blinded by his celebrity status. But its problems with group-think are shared by many institutions

An Orthodox priest has shown just how many unborn lives one person can save

The caring approach of Russian hospitals today stands in contrast to the forced birth policy of Ceaușescu (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexis Tarasov says that sometimes talking and listening to someone is all it takes