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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Thank you, BBC, for a sympathetic portrayal of our faith

Seminarians from Allen Hall, who featured in the documentary

Last night’s ‘Catholics’ was a worthwhile and sensitive portrayal of seminary life, devoid of sensationalism

St Margaret Clitherow should be among those Britons honoured with a stamp

A biography published by St Pauls

To acknowledge its past Britain must commemorate Catholic martyrs alongside its war heroes

The incredible story of pro-life heroine Ruth Pakaluk

Before her death from breast cancer the Catholic mother-of-seven devoted her life to life

How Stalin became a Catholic

The dictator’s daughter Svetlana, who died last November, converted to the faith after a long correspondence with a priest

We have taken our identity as a Christian country for granted. Now we must defend it

Prayers are said every year at the state opening of Parliament (PA photo)

Clive Bone’s success at the High Court shows that Britain has started to lose its Christian identity

Receiving the Sacraments is not a ‘right’

As a mother whose Down’s syndrome daughter made her First Communion I object to the language of rights entering Christ’s Church

The business of transferring an embryo to a surrogate mother’s womb is, to me, deeply disquieting

Surrogate mothers at the Kaival Hospital in Anand, Gujarat, India (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The woman who travelled to India for a surrogate was overjoyed, and saw the commercial transaction as mutually beneficial. But I found out it hard to celebrate

More than any monarch, Queen Elizabeth II understands the spiritual element of her coronation oath

More than any monarch, Queen Elizabeth II understands the spiritual element of her coronation oath

Christianity is at the centre of her tireless dedication to public service

Smacking laws are unworkable products of Left-wing middle class diktat

David Lammy: working-class parents feel powerless to discipline their children Photo: Johnny Green/PA

Smacking is not abuse and parents should not be penalised for it

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