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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

The Government is wasting its time trying to measure happiness

Greta Garbo as Anna Karenina: Tolstoy's novel illustrates that working at an unsatisfactory marriage is usually better than abandoning it

Teaching ‘well-being’ at school is also hard to justify. Children are better off studying great works of literature

My encounter with the truly charismatic founder of L’Arche

Jean Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche, pictured in 2002 (Photo: CNS)

For 46 years Jean Vanier has travelled the world spreading a transformative message. Yesterday I saw him at Blackfriars

George VI, or ‘Bertie’, upheld a tradition of Christian kingship that may die out with Prince Charles

George VI, or 'Bertie', is played by Colin Firth in The King's Speech

Our future king thinks Christianity is just one of many faiths

You cannot be true to Church teachings and hope to be ‘respectable’

The late Cardinal Hume was presented with the Order of Merit by the Queen (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Hume was wrong to seek respectability within the English Establishment

Shakespeare did write Lear; what is more, he was a Catholic

A detail from a painting believed to be an authentic image of the writer made from life. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Sir Derek Jacobi is wrong to think that Shakespeare could not have written his own plays; the greatest poet and dramatist of all times was an Englishman and a Catholic

My neighbour’s miserable Christmas

Hearing about her experience I made an instant resolution

The Pope’s Thought for the Day was simple and profound

But not, perhaps, controversial enough for John Humphrys

G K Chesterton, saint of the blogosphere

George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc and G K Chesterton at a London debate (Photo: PA)

He loved debate and controversy but at the same time managed to remain magnanimous to his enemy

Atheism has done little for women’s dignity

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens at the Munk debate last month (Photo courtesy of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

That’s the point Tony Blair should have made in his debate with Christopher Hitchens

Britain should follow Russia’s lead and urge its citizens to have more children

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (Photo: PA)

You don’t need to ask the experts for a solution to population decline. It stares one in the face: more babies