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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Now we have an improved new Mass translation, can we apply the same rigour to our hymn books?

A choir singing during Mass in New York (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Including such jingles as ‘Who put the colours in the rainbow?’ is patronising: are they for children?

The Holy Father would have made a terrific relationships counsellor

Benedict XVI meets engaged couples in the Italian city of Ancona (Photo: CNS)

One US ‘expert’, on the other hand, believes that people are just not cut out for monogamy

‘Pro-choice’ campaigners should look to China and think again

One in six baby girls in China is aborted

Francis Phillips wonders if pro-abortion activists have thought through the consequences of their views

Our Lady, at the supreme moment of human history, chose to say ‘yes’ to life

Photo: PA

Two stories I encountered yesterday offered an alternative to the Ann Furedi perspective

The nature of women is to give and nurture life, not destroy it

In Britain the jury is still out on whether women should serve in close combat units (PA photo)

Arguments over women fighting in the armed forces and the legalisation of abortion are linked

The lessons of Nadine Dorries’s bungled attempt to reform abortion rules

The silhouettes of Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

The episode has exposed the cowardice of the Coalition Government

Why the Tibhirine monks were right to pray at a mosque

A scene from Of Gods and Men, about the martyrdom of the Tibhirine monks

One priest suggests they cannot be Christian martyrs if they repeatedly worshipped a false god

Michael Voris: Being Catholic is about salvation, not accommodation

Michael Voris wielding his 'sword of truth'

Francis Phillips relates Michael Voris’s take no prisoners approach to faith

If only more people knew that they could find healing through Confession

A priest hears a confession in Retiro park, Madrid, during World Youth Day (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

World Youth Day reminded us that the sacrament can open the doors to new life

Christianity is no longer the soul of public life: that’s why anarchy broke out last week

A boy stares at the aftermath of the riot in Tottenham (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

I felt depressed at the scenes on our streets, but not actually surprised