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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

Alain de Botton is missing out. Christianity offers truth and goodness as well as beauty

Piero della Francesca's The Baptism of Christ

His mission to rescue beauty from religion is arrogant and ignorant

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