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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The Shroud of Turin – why I believe

The Holy Shroud, a 14 foot-long linen revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, is shown at the Cathedral of Turin Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni,

The Church has always maintained a neutral stance on its authenticity but the faithful are free to believe

There is nothing more noble than giving alms to save life

Help a very special pro-life charity this week

Oh dear – John Bercow is embarrassing. He is my MP, and I fear we have got him for life

Queen Elizabeth II walks alongside Commons Speaker John Bercow (PA photo)

The MP for Buckingham jumps on every liberal bandwagon that presents itself

Would you drive a woman to an abortion clinic?

Where does conscientious objection begin? The recent case of the Glasgow midwives raises difficult questions

Sin, death, fighting for the faith: the rousing ‘Hail, glorious St Patrick’ is wonderfully un-PC

St Patrick depicted at St Patrick Church in Glen Cove, New York (CNS photo/Gregory A Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

I always identify with the religious and patriotic sentiments it expresses

Tony Nicklinson and his family should know there is an alternative to despair

Nicklinson, 57, suffered a massive stroke in 2005 which left him paralysed from the neck down and unable to speak (PA photo)

Disasters should bring us together, and summon a community around the weakest person

The term ‘feminism’ has too much baggage for pro-lifers to reclaim it as their own

We need an inventive genius to think of a new one

The word curiously absent from the gay marriage debate: children

It is hard to argue the case against gay marriage using the language of metropolitan liberals

Jane Garvey: one BBC presenter who doesn’t push an agenda on the Church

A screenshot from the documentary Catholics. The last episode, Women, will be broadcast tomorrow evening on BBC4

Woman’s Hour this week lets two ‘good cops’ talk about women in the Church

For a moment people have stopped talking about a ‘clump of cells’ and are beginning to see an unborn child

A woman at the March for Life rally in Washington DC (CNS photo)

The debate on sex selection has put the abortion lobby on the back foot