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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Regrets? Some of those onboard Costa Concordia may have a few. Then again, so should we all

Edith Piaf pictured on a US stamp (AP Photo/USPA)

No one in their right mind – certainly no Christian – can sing ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ and really believe that it’s true

The American Church fights back

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stands next to President Barack Obama  Photo: CNS photo/Reuters

The bishops are taking on the Department of Health over proposals to make religious institutions provide contraception and abortifacient pills

Five reasons why America’s moral consensus has collapsed

Michael Voris: The courts and the legal system reflect the views of secular liberals

For five decades fundamental moral values have been sidelined by economics and politics

I am sad to say farewell to the print edition of Catholic World Report

Content will now be available for free online

The magazine, founded in 1991, provided honest coverage of the Church’s problems but also showed its life and vigour

We should never give in to moral relativism

Whether one is Labour or Tory, believer or not, you can’t change the natural laws

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