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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

How C S Lewis prompted the conversion of Richard Nixon’s ‘hatchet man’

Charles Colson gives his testimony in 2000 (Photo: PA)

Charles Colson went on to found the world’s biggest prison ministry

If I were stranded on a desert island and could only read one book, it would have to be the New Daily Missal

CTS New Daily Missal: a little bulky

Being in spiritual communion with the rest of the world would be a good way to stave off madness

Euthanasia is a war to the death between a religious and atheistic vision of society

Suffering has a worth and purpose in the Christian faith

What makes us Catholics?

Prayer, love and forgiveness are not enough in themselves

How one woman came to see that ‘not being a burden’ is a horrible trick of the mind

How one woman overcame suffering and disability to embrace life

Indifference to God is more deadly than hatred for Him

The hatred that atheists feel for the Almighty can suppress a belief in Him

Martin Sheen is a better actor than theologian

The actor, like so many liberal Catholics, seems to have lost his Way

Since when did ‘peaceful Christmas’ become an aggressive act?

Secular hostility to religion has even spread to our language

The Church is against cremation. Yet at our parish the storing of ashes nourishes faith and encourages prayers for the dead

Vaclav Havel's widow holds an urn containing his ashes (CTK Photo/Roman Vondrous)

The Italian Church’s newly promulgated Funeral Rites leave me in a quandary

We will win the arguments over marriage and life – but not just with words

Every sacrifice made by a mother challenges the abortionists’ argument; every vibrant, loving marriage defends that institution