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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

Peter Drummond-Murray: A Catholic whose actions spoke as loud as his words

Peter Drummond-Murray (congress2006.com)

Paying tribute to a man who was brave, eccentric and generous

Christians in Britain can no longer assume goodwill from the powerful – so here’s what we must do

David Cameron during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Photo: CNS)

Rather than retreat to the catacombs, we should confidently proclaim the stupendous truths of the Creed

What is the point of travelling anywhere if it does not lead to an encounter with Jesus?

Anglican village churches often have dwindling congregations (PA)

If villages need a spiritual heart then churches should expose the Blessed Sacrament