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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The overpopulation scare has been proved wrong over and over again

Philippines School Opening

Yet Malthusianism is as fashionable as ever

Cults keep their followers away from the true source of healing

Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple, which ended with the mass suicide of 900 members (AP photo)

Even Christianity is not immune to spiritual pathology

The billion-dollar campaign to persuade poor women they need contraception

David Cameron and Melinda Gates at the summit on family planning last week (Photo: PA)

Hundreds of millions of women apparently have an ‘unmet need’ for contraception. The concept is vague at best

No one wants to talk about the morality of IVF

Embryos are placed on to a CryoLeaf ready to be frozen (Photo: PA)

We, too, are complicit in this silence when the question comes up with friends and we say nothing

The gay marriage debate has made us evaluate what marriage is for

Perhaps an unintended consequence of this saga is that it has made us appreciate marriage more

St Maria Goretti, who died defending her virginity, should be an inspiration for Aids charities

This painting of St Maria Goretti hangs at the shrine where she is buried in Nettuno, Italy (CNS photo)

She could join Terrence Higgins as a figurehead for those who are trying to eradicate HIV/Aids

Fulton Sheen understood how Sacraments could transform our lives

Vatican Saints

Catholic should learn more about the television evangelist, now a venerable

The battle to vindicate Pius XII is being won

Part of the display about Pope Pius XII at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial (AP photo)

The changes at Yad Vashem show that the black legend against the wartime pontiff is on the way out

Why the chattering classes are keeping life-ending pills close to hand

The news reporter John Simpson says he has 'a couple of pills handy' (PA photo)

If you don’t believe in eternal life it’s hard to find meaning in the indignities of old age

Having children is not for dummies

Babies: worth it CNS photo/Darren Whiteside, Reuters

In comparison, being prime minister is a piece of cake