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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Anonymous should be ignored by all Shakespeare lovers

Conspiracies about the authorship of Shakespeare have fascinated for decades, but ultimately ‘only foolish snobs don’t believe in Shakespeare’

Should pro-life campaigners compare abortion to the Holocaust?

Dr Bernard Nathanson was converted by love, not insults. AP Photo

A new American film compares abortion to the Final Solution, but is such a comparison tasteless, and does it even help the pro-life cause?

I could not accept a reduction in the abortion limit if it excluded the disabled

MP Nadine Dorries wants to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks by 2015

Nadine Dorries would like to reduce the abortion limit to 20 weeks, yet as the mother of a Down’s syndrome daughter I could not support her proposal

St Francis would have rejoiced at the idea of a pilgrimage to truth at Assisi

A barefooted pilgrim walks on his hands and knees to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His own life was a pilgrimage of joyful suffering towards a closer union with Christ

Lord Nicholas Windsor has braved the Establishment – ie, his own family – by speaking out on abortion

The Queen’s cousin has set a fine example to fellow royals and fellow Catholics

Stop believing in guardian angels and soon we’ll stop believing in anything

In It's a Wonderful Life George is saved by his guardian angel Clarence

Guardian angels come low down on the list of Christian beliefs, yet we should not dismiss them as ‘childish’. Abandon ideas such as this and the whole edifice of belief soon falls down

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

For atheists, death is the only point of life – that is Christianity’s great selling point

While we should, like Steve Jobs, live every day like it was our last, we should never allow our lives to be defined by this ‘one appalling fact’

The Holy Father calls for a faith stripped of worldly habits

Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the meeting with representatives of Catholic associations in Freiburg (Photo: CNS)

Much of the 1950s, Home Counties Church that I grew up in had become a matter of mere convention

The dynamic, missionary, ‘evangelical’ Church of today is a world away from unthinking pre-Vatican II complacency

Pilgrims at the World Youth Day closing Mass (Photo: CNS)

What John Allen describes as ‘Evangelical Catholicism’ gives me hope for the future

The Anglican woman vicar who gave up her ministry to become a Catholic

Members of the Women's Ordination Conference (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Una Kroll, ordained a priest in 1997, says ‘God gave me a direct push that I could not resist’