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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

We need to pray for another Fulton Sheen

Woman prays at the tomb of Fulton Sheen (CNS)

The case of Archbishop Sheen is especially significant for our times

The abuse survivor who reminds me that we are supposed to be a light to the world

Abuse survivor Dawn Eden

Dawn Eden, an American survivor of sexual abuse brings hope to others

Mgr Tomas Halik is a deserving winner of the Templeton Prize

Mgr Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference after being awarded the 2014 Templeton Prize

Like John Paul II, he was ordained in secret and lived and worked under Communism for many years

Francis has shown us the human face of holiness in his first year

Pope Francis (CNS)

Radiating an absorption in the Gospel with unabashed simplicity is the Pope’s gift

A deathbed conversion is not a cop-out

Lord McAlpine converted to Catholicism after a second triple heart bypass (PA)

Converting at the end of your life takes humility and courage

The secret to happiness? Newman has the answers

Cardinal Newman – follow his advice and be happy

10 steps towards becoming a happier, holier person

Like an ill wind across the Atlantic, mercenary pre-nuptial agreements are heading for Britain

A couple at a Mass of thanksgiving for marriage in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The permanency of marriage is being undermined – Cardinal Nichols should put the Church’s preparation of couples at the centre of his mission

We should follow Pope Francis’s lead on Confession

Pope Francis (CNS)

Is there any need for singificant reform of the Sacrament?

Why do some dioceses have dozens of seminarians and others have none? It’s actually quite simple

Archbishop John Myers, right, shares a laugh with Cardinal Dolan (AP)

Everything depends on the character, fidelity and communication skills of the local bishop

In the style of Pope Francis, Archbishop Nichols should give up Archbishop’s House and live in a simple apartment

Archbishop Nichols and Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor at Archbishop's House, Westminster (PA)

The new cardinal could take a number of practical steps to show compassion for those using food banks