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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

It takes courage to defy the consensus on abortion

A pro-lifer protests outside an abortion clinic in Northern Ireland (Photo: PA)

If only people took time to consider the mysterious possibilities of pre-born life

Does the evil of bad men nullify all the good?

Sir Jimmy Savile claims

The crimes of Jimmy Savile raise some difficult questions

Rejecting Communism for Christ: one man’s story

Vatican II Opening Ceremony 1962

Cardinal Danielou ‘saw clearly that a humanism divorced from faith in Jesus Christ ends in ruin and despair’

The dramatic conversion of one atheist poet

Sally Read, pictured in Rome

To Sally Read, ‘being a Catholic is like being in love’

Can Christian women counter a boorish office culture of lasciviousness and harassment?

Sandi Toksvig says she was groped on air 30 years ago (PA)

Following the Jimmy Savile revelations, more and more women are coming forward with stories of sexual harassment