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Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips

Francis Phillips reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

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

We must not give all our focus to the ‘problems’ facing the Church

Pope Francis (CNS)

Standing up for Catholic beliefs in the public arena is a tough but vital task

British liberal elites could learn a lot from the Archbishop of Jos

Archbishop of Kaigama of Jos (CNS)

Archbishop Kaigama is prepared to defend the unfashionable

The difficult science of allowing ourselves to be loved by God will only come with prayer

Pope Francis prays before the icon of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" (CNS)

As Pope Francis says, only God can teach us to accept His love

The ‘family’ is not a weird Catholic obsession

Malthusians needn't worry (CNS)

The family is vital to our health, wealth, happiness and freedom

How should a Catholic respond to the awful abuse scandal?

Cardinal Marc Ouellet bows before a crucifix during a penitential vigil in Rome to show contrition for clerical sexual abuse (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Weep with those who weep’, says author and convert Dawn Eden

Have we forgotten God in the pro-life battle?

A sign with a crucifix and rosary are seen during a pro-life demonstration July 10 outside the Irish Parliament in Dublin ahead of a vote to allow limited abortion in Ireland. (CNS)

The pro-life battle is a spiritual one

Once Blessed John Henry Newman had put his hand to the plough, there was no turning back from his journey towards Truth

Pope Benedict XVI leads Mass and the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman (CNS)

We should accept the teachings of the Church, even if we risk sounding old-fashioned