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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

How much harder it is to raise Catholics today than it was during the Pope’s childhood

Despite tremendous hardship, the Bavaria in which the Ratzingers were raised was a happy place

At 85, Pope Benedict is more inspiring than ever

The Pope pictured with his brother on his 85th birthday (CNS photo)

Seven years after his election, he continues to show great trust and humility

Melinda Gates is missing the point about contraception in the developing world

Melinda Gates is critical of Church teaching on contraception (AP photo)

Expensive birth control programmes come with an agenda

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