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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Despite all its ugly and painful aspects, life is beautiful

Italian film director Roberto Benigni (PA)

We should support people who are suffering or in despair and remind them that suicide is not the solution

Kneeling is a vital part of Confession

People waiting in line outside a confessional (CNS)

To kneel rather than sit helps distinguish Confession from psychotherapy sessions

Every priest must ask himself what he gives to his people

Pope Francis said that if  Jesus is not at the centre of a priest's life "we lose everything" (PA)

Pope Francis’s impromptu sermons prompt serious questions

You cannot build a truly flourishing or healthy culture which rejects the sanctity of unborn life

A protester demonstrates outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland (PA)

It is important to be alive to the cultural implications of living in an age of widespread abortion

Good news – insulting someone is no longer an arrestable offence

It is extraordinary that this little word 'insulting' which can be interpreted according to the whims of those who feel 'insulted'

After unjust incidents of police interfering with free speech, thank goodness common sense is to prevail

May the Church which Peter Geach loved continue to be guided by Truth

When Humanae Vitae was released Peter Geach opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate (PA)

Truth matters and Peter Geach understood this

The book that highlights the dangerous potential of secularist ideology

Robert Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World

Pope Francis referred to the apocalyptic fable, The Lord of the World, in November and Benedict XVI also frequently cited it

The face of God is found in CS Lewis, not Philip Pullman

CS Lewis: His work inspires Christians

Christmas reminds us that God became man

The latest ruling on Obamacare is the best Christmas gift Catholics could hope for

The contraception mandate has proven highly controversial among Catholics (PA)

A federal judge has struck down Obama’s contraception mandate

Pope Francis’s plan to bring Catholics back to Confession this advent

Francis will be saying confession for the next few weeks (AP)

The Pope of forgievness wishes to encourage both priests and laypeople