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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Medjugorje is generating what the Devil loves most: disobedience

Pilgrims gather around a statue of Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNS/Damir Sagolj, Reuters)

St Bernadette lived a holy and humble life. I don’t think the same can be said for the Medjugorje seers

Christians must believe in the reality of hell as well as heaven

Anthony Hopkins stars as an exorcist in the forthcoming film The Rite

Parents should be wary of secular books, like the Harry Potter series, that deal with the occult

These B&B owners have been punished for being faithful to Christian teaching

Hazel Mary Hall risks losing her home and livelihood after she and her husband refused to give a double room to a gay couple (Photo: PA)

Where is the tolerance for which our country was once celebrated?

Churches and pro-life groups dread any attempt to change the law on abortion

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries said the churches had been 'pathetic' in the fight to reform abortion law

That may be the reason Nadine Dorries felt so let down when she tried to reduce the upper time limit

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