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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Having children is not for dummies

Babies: worth it CNS photo/Darren Whiteside, Reuters

In comparison, being prime minister is a piece of cake

Is the Liverpool Care Pathway badly maligned?

Claim that thousands of patients are being killed appears sensational

Let’s pray the Fortnight for Freedom helps Barack Obama change his mind about the contraceptive mandate

The opening Mass for the US bishops' Fortnight for Freedom at a basilica in Baltimore (CNS photo)

Pregnancy is not a disease, and the pill should not be a part of any health insurance policy

The clash between Obama and the Catholic Church, as seen by the BBC

A sign at a religious freedom rally in Phoenix, Arizona (CNS photo)

The heart and soul of one particular Radio 4 programme was not on the side of the bishops

Fight breast cancer – by speaking out against abortion

Pink balloons raise awareness of breast cancer in Seoul, South Korea (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Few of those campaigning against the awful disease wish to mention one of its possible causes

Queues for Confession on a Saturday night

A tent for Adoration in Leicester Square, central London (Photo: Mazur)

The Spirit in the City initiative last weekend put the focus on the big stuff: worship, repentance and rejoicing. I hope it touched lonely souls

Our attitude to sugar needs to go the same way as smoking

Cups and sugar cubes are displayed at a news conference at New York's City Hall (AP photo)

The Mayor of New York wants to ban super-sized cups of sugary drinks. I’d go further

There is nothing shameful about the human body

ARTWORK OF ADAM AND EVE DISPLAYED AT VATICAN MUSEUM

But there’s something odd about wanting to appear nude in public

The marriage debate has made for some unlikely bedfellows

It is not just ‘bible-thumping Christians’ who oppose the change

Something in the British psyche demands the magic of monarchy

Revellers on the Mall in London watch the Queen appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony (PA photo)

We’ll even borrow one from abroad rather than become republican