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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

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