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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

A miracle on a bleak road to nowhere

In winter Russia can be a harsh place

Not much different from any or ours is the answer

We need both medicine and Catholicism to understand mental illness

The Catholic Truth Society have released a booklet called Catholicism and Mental Health by Dr Pravin Thevathasan (PA)

In this area, science and faith do not have to be in conflict

An inspiring story of Romania’s fledgling pro-life movement

Romania's faith is still recovering from 40 years of Communism

A Canadian couple are returning to the birthplace to fight the culture of death

When Pope Francis talks about the Devil he assumes we really believe in him. Do we?

Pope Francis (CNS)

Do most Catholics believe that the Devil exists?

A Black Mass does not offer a ‘rich cultural experience’ but opens the door to something diabolic

A monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament is displayed (PA)

The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club has teamed up with a Satanic Temple and is to host a re-enactment of a historical event known as a Black Mass today

Complete ‘mindfulness’ is prayer

Many holy people practise this quite naturally, without having to work at a mental technique at all (PA)

Prayer is the raising of the heart and mind to God

Why is Saint John XXIII so loved by the Turkish people?

Pope John XXIII was canonised on Divine Mercy Sunday of this year (PA)

The affection between Saint John and the Turks remains today

The witness of communities like L’Arche is a profound and necessary one for our world today

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier (CNS)

Friendship makes demands and none more so than making a meaningful relationship with someone who has a learning disability