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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

It is right and Christian to build bridges with North Korea

David Alton’s inspiring attempts to open up the ‘hermit kingdom’ is an example of Christian diplomacy at its best

The Iron Lady treats its heroine’s dementia sensitively

Should a film be made about Margaret Thatcher while she is still alive?

Margaret Thatcher’s confusion and memory loss is sad, but not quite tragic. Her life was not cut short too early: she fulfilled her potential in spades

Life is still valuable even when it is no longer useful

Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec

We need strong voices like Jean Vanier’s to fight against utilitarianism

It is surely premature to start talking about ‘conclave contenders’

Archbishop Dolan of New York, pictured addressing the media, is to be given a red hat (Photo: CNS)

Instead, let’s give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI’s wise leadership and continued good health

I’m puzzled by St Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, as portrayed by Milla Jovovich in the 1999 film The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

Yet there is no doubt that this extraordinary woman, who heard “voices”, was sane

The Three Wise Men are not just a fairy tale

The adoration of the Magi is depicted in a painting in the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia    CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

The Wise Men’s journey reflects on our Christian journey too

The relentless drive towards euthanasia

PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

We must resist the drive towards assisted suicide in the name of ‘compassion’

A small victory for campaigners: Tesco says it won’t sponsor London’s gay pride march next year

Tesco seems to have listened to its customers (Photo: PA)

The company has apologised for creating ‘misunderstanding and mistrust’ and will change its policy in 2013. That is good enough for me

Christians who are tired of being pushed around in Britain could learn from straight-talking Americans

The White House Christmas tree, which this year is called a 'Holiday Tree' (Photo: PA)

And does Cameron really mean what he says about standing up for Christian values?

A courageous writer who questioned everything – except his atheism

Christopher Hitchens, who died last week PETER FOLEY/LANDOV/Press Association Images

Christopher Hitchens was a magnanimous man who had many Christian friends