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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

The Three Wise Men are not just a fairy tale

The adoration of the Magi is depicted in a painting in the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia    CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

The Wise Men’s journey reflects on our Christian journey too

The relentless drive towards euthanasia

PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

We must resist the drive towards assisted suicide in the name of ‘compassion’

A small victory for campaigners: Tesco says it won’t sponsor London’s gay pride march next year

Tesco seems to have listened to its customers (Photo: PA)

The company has apologised for creating ‘misunderstanding and mistrust’ and will change its policy in 2013. That is good enough for me

Christians who are tired of being pushed around in Britain could learn from straight-talking Americans

The White House Christmas tree, which this year is called a 'Holiday Tree' (Photo: PA)

And does Cameron really mean what he says about standing up for Christian values?

A courageous writer who questioned everything – except his atheism

Christopher Hitchens, who died last week PETER FOLEY/LANDOV/Press Association Images

Christopher Hitchens was a magnanimous man who had many Christian friends

Evelyn Waugh did not love the splendour of a high Mass but rather a priest’s humble absorption in a low Mass

Evelyn Waugh and his wife pictured in 1950 (Photo: PA)

I like to think he would have approved of Mass in the Ordinary Form, too, now that we have an accurate translation

What Mary Portas can teach us about evangelisation

Mary Portas, with David Cameron Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Like high streets, the Church will have to change to revitalise

Should priests be firmer with non-practising Catholics?

Archbishop Martin says that cultural Catholics should have the maturity to leave the Church altogether if they do not believe in it (Photo: CNS)

Priests vary on how they respond to requests for baptisms or church weddings from Catholics who do not go to Mass

My new Sunday Missal is the Christmas present I will cherish most

Catholic Truth Society's altar missal (this one, in white, was presented to the Pope). Photo: Pierpaolo Finaldi

Not everyone, though, is happy about the new text. For me it brings back a sense of the sacred