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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The facts of Savita’s tragic death are still elusive

Tributes to Savita in Dublin (Photo: PA)

The answers will be harder to find if Savita’s husband and her family decide not to co-operate with the investigation

Congratulations to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Today they mark 65 years of marriage


They are an example to follow but also a splendid and royal rebuke to our times

Dorothy Day, once a bohemian who believed in free love, is completely a saint for our time

Dorothy Day's Cause has been endorsed by the US bishops' conference (Photo: CNS)

What sets her apart from other holy men and women is that her early lifestyle was so at odds with her life after conversion

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