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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Pro-lifers should be wary of mandatory counselling before abortion

Pro-lifers protest against abortion outside the Houses of Parliament (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

It might sound like a good thing but it is not as straightforward as one might think

Christopher Hitchens has mellowed, but his idea of Christianity is still grossly distorted

Dr Francis Collins, who pioneered Hitchens's cancer treatment, is mentioned in the Pope's new book (AP Photo/J Scott Applewhite)

He suspects the scientist who pioneered his cancer treatment is praying for him, and doesn’t mind

Forget that Romero is being hijacked by liberals. He was a holy man and a true martyr

Barack Obama walks past a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Barack Obama visited the grave of Oscar Romero today. That worries me

Why don’t we have more Novus Ordo Masses in Latin?

The Oxford Oratory welcomes the relics of St Thérèse (Photo: catholicrelics.co.uk)

If you want a complete new rite Latin liturgy you have to go either to the very top or bottom of Britain

It is a strange world where children are shielded from fairy tales but exposed to debauching sex education

The world's biggest book of fairy tales in eastern Germany (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

According to a poll, a third of parents refuse to read the story of Little Red Riding Hood because of its grisly content

‘Gay and atheist’ David Starkey is defending Christian conscience more clearly than our bishops

Starkey says he is opposed to the fining of Christian B&B owners who refused two men a double bedroom (Photo: PA)

On Question Time last week he pointed to a ‘new tyranny’ of liberal morality

The martyrs of Tibhirine show up Ian McEwan’s banal approach to death

Lambert Wilson and Jean-Marie Frin star in Of Gods and Men, a film about Cisterian monks who were murdered by Islamists in Algeria (CNS photo/Sony Pictures Classics)

They faced a certain and violent death yet were filled with hope in eternal life

‘Abortion is safer than having a baby’ – according to abortion providers, that is

The late Charlton Heston, pictured in 1994, was publicly pro-life (Photo: AP)

New guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is misleading

Communion on the hand or on the tongue?

A priest handing out Communion at Mass

Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book argues for reverence for the Eucharist and concentrates the mind wonderfully

Marian apparitions approved – but no, not at Medjugorje

An undated photograph of Adele Brise: when she was 28 she had visions of Mary near her home in Champion, Wisconsin (Photo: CNS)

Apparitions of Our Lady in Wisconsin bear all the hallmarks of authenticity