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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Comparing Mandela to Jesus is absurd

Nelson Mandela (PA)

Even the very greatest saints in the Christian calendar, like Francis of Assisi, are only “Christ-like” insofar as they have come to reflect their divine Master

Pope Francis wants a Church that isn’t chained to a desk

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski distributes rosaries in St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

It is easier to shuffle papers about charitable giving than to take to the streets and seek out the needy

Should Catholics avoid erotic romance novels?

Author EL James poses with her erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey (PA)

No great novelist should have to resort to explicit sex scenes

Pro-life campaigners must continue fighting the culture war

The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (PA)

Campaigning against abortion leaves Catholics open to hostility, but that’s more reason to take up the placards and join a prayer-vigil

Obituary: Alison Davis

Alison Davis

Alison Davis, who for 30 years was the representative of the SPUC disability group, No Less Human, was born on January 8, 1955. She died on December 3, 2013

We need a new religious order to care for the dying

Those who practice mercy do not fear death, Pope Francis has said (PA)

It strikes me that the push for euthanasia in this country is driven by a cadre of influential atheists with a fear of death

Pope Francis has made it clear that the protection of unborn life is a fundamental concern

Pope Francis meets a child in St Peter's Square (AP)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan has proved himself in tune with the Pontiff’s pronouncement on abortion in Evangelii Gaudium

‘For the anthropologist, the widespread failure to marry is a sign of cultural collapse’

Commitment is difficult but rewarding

A new booklet on the decline of marriage should concern us

Christians should transform the present not pine for the past

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey (PA) Below: 'Anglicans and Christians might as well be 'talking on the moon' (Christian Adams)

Buildings can decay, religious communities die but each generation invariably throws up new holy people who run with the torch of the Christian faith

CS Lewis took Hell seriously – that’s why The Screwtape Letters is so powerful

Hell: is a bad place to be

I shivered when I listened to the Radio 4 broadcast this week