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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Saint John Paul II’s father is a role model for all men

Young John Paul II with his father

The late pope’s father was instrumental in forming Karol Wojtyła’s faith

What St Anthony’s face teaches us about the transcendent in man

St Anthony by Bernado Strozzi

A mesmerising digital reconstruction of the saint’s visage reminds us what it means to be human

Our society is in a complete muddle about sex

'The pill seems to be the medically miraculous answer to the fear of an unwanted baby' (PA)

And this confusion is rooted in the arrival of the Pill in the early 1960s

‘The Diary of a Country Priest’ shows Christians are caught in a battle between good and evil

Georges Bernanos, author of Diary of a Country Priest

Bernanos’s novel shows life as a battle between hope and despair

Fairy tales can teach us more about life than science

Snow White and Cinderella both feature in Grimms' Fairy Tales (PA)

No matter what Dawkins says, fairy tales contain some valuable life lessons

Is there life after death? Don’t expect a chat show to tell you the answer

Nicky Campbell presents The Big Questions programme on the afterlife

If you want to ponder the afterlife, switch off the television and read an article by Stratford Caldecott

Jennifer Fulwiler traces a battle between feminist head and truthful heart

'Atheism couldn’t provide a satisfying answer to her emotions when she fell in love and had a baby' (Photo: PA)

Her story shows how reason can guide people to faith

The Church may appear to be on the wrong side of history but it is on the right side of truth

People attend a protest march against France's legalisation of same-sex marriage in Paris (CNS)

Catholics who oppose change are often informed that they “are on the wrong side of history”

The importance of the Sign of the Cross must not be lost

A painting of St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales wrote with clarity about the extraordinary power of an apparently basic gesture

The two faces of wartime Germany – Hans Frank and Franz Jägerstätter

Hans Frank, second left in middle row, at the Nuremberg trials. He was hanged for his role in the Nazi genocide (PA)

Blessed Franz, whose feast day was this week, reminds us that the exercise of conscience makes us human