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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

World Youth Days are not debauched rock festivals, but joyful encounters with Christ

Pope Benedict XVI leads Benediction at World Youth Day in Sydney (CNS photo)

Let’s cease the jeremiads

Has a Dutch-style ‘Tesco spirituality’ spread to the English Church, too?

Photo: PA

A Protestant minister in the Netherlands believes there is no life after death and that God is a ‘human experience’

My heart sank when I heard the Pope’s holiday reading advice

Benedict XVI told pilgrims this week that some books in the Bible could be read in an hour (CNS photo)

I’m not sure I can sit on the beach, surrounded by grandchildren, and read the Book of Job

Michael Voris is coming to London. Cafeteria Catholics watch out

Michael Voris speaks at a bloggers' meeting at a bar in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

His message is simple: we Catholics should be prepared to live our faith radically

What attracted Anders Breivik to Freemasonry?

Breivik posing in his Masonic costume (PA photo)

The Masons in Britain are, apparently, open to anyone who believes in a God and donate huge sums to charity. So what did Breivik see in it?

To call Anders Breivik a monster is to distance ourselves from the worst aspects of human nature

People place flowers near Norway's Utøya Island  (CNS photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Reuters)

We are back to the mystery of evil: none of the details we know about his life explain what he did

Posh and Becks are a force for good in the world

The Beckhams have been criticised for having too many children (Photo: David Davies/PA Wire)

I hope they communicate to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the fun of having four children

Murdoch is to blame for the News of the World’s moral decline

The News of the World before it lost morality, taste and a sense of propriety (PA photo)

For the Boss, profits mattered to the exclusion of everything else

The John Paul II vigil that transported pilgrims to heaven

About 200,000 people attended the vigil (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The vigil before John Paul II’s beatification was an intoxicating experience for one new convert. I wish I could have gone