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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

From the First World War to Syria, the unending heroism of the Catholic priest

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt who was killed in Syria in April (CNS)

Like Fr van der Lugt, Fr William Doyle made the ultimate sacrifice

Sir Chris Woodhead: a courageous man who is wrong about euthanasia

Chris Woodhead, pictured in 2000 (PA)

But we who believe that life is sacred must never ‘pontificate’ to those who don’t share our convictions

John Paul II: Things I have to thank him for

Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Ahead of his canonisation, it is a timely moment to reflect on how Blessed John Paul has inspired us

Equality between the sexes in every aspect of life? It just doesn’t work. Get over it

General Sir Peter Wall, head of the British army said that the army should look like society

We should not be training women in close combat roles

The academic who read The God Delusion then turned to God

Richard Dawkins (PA)

Judith Babarsky read Richard Dawkins’ book and Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth before converting to Catholicism

Praying for our priests is not enough

Priests are easily isolated says Francis Phillips  (PA)

We must show our priests that we value them

How prophetic were Fulton Sheen’s words 80 years ago

Fulton Sheen: his writing of 1933 predicted the world today

Christians must go to the cross for the truth

Panorama failed to portray Francis accurately, and it’s no surprise

"The Pope's Revolution" aired last night on BBC1

Last night’s documentary prioritised entertainment over information

The strong pro-life leadership shown by Bishop Egan is needed today as never before

Bishop Egan has received criticism for his comments last week (Mazur)

To witness to the truth in public is to invite a backlash from those who are offended or angered by it. But sometimes there is no alternative.

Channel Four’s latest documentary on the Vatican presents the Church as the scarlet woman of ancient propaganda

Secrets of the Vatican aired last night on Channel 4 (CNS)

Secrets of the Vatican asks some worthy questions but makes sweeping statements at points