Peter Stanford

Peter James Stanford is an English writer, editor, journalist, and presenter

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Model student: a trainee doctor dresses a wound on a computerised mannequin

The big NHS question: Why are there so few new GPs when so many of our keenest brains want to study medicine?

When scores of surgeries are closing, what hope for the PM's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS? Peter Stanford, whose son wants to be a doctor, says a system that turns away so many able students is already on life support

Byrne has toured the world, talking about her million-selling books on angels to crowds in cathedrals, mosques, TV studios – even at a UN climate-change summit

Lorna Byrne can't really see angels and talk to God... can she?

Her ability to see heavenly apparitions that foretell the future has given her wealth and millions of supporters around the world (though the Catholic Church isn't so sure). But is Lorna Byrne's new self-help book a mystic move too far?
Oh come all ye faithful: wares on show at the Christian Resources Exhibition

Shopping at the Christian Resources Exhibition: Buy the grace of God

As a Christian 'resources' show takes over the ExCel arena, Peter Stanford discovers a parallel universe of goods and services, a pinch of preaching – and an underlying paranoia

Exorcism. Cleric doing a spell against the evil spirit. Engraving by Recorded by C. Penoso (1878).

Exorcism: What does the boom in demand tell us about Pope Francis's Catholic Church?

What does the booming demand for exorcists – supposedly inspired by Pope Francis himself – tell us about his Catholic Church?

Justin Welby was a rank outsider when he was chosen to be Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby: The nation's conscience

Two years ago the CofE enthroned a relative newcomer as Archbishop of Canterbury. Its faith has been rewarded, says Peter Stanford

David Cameron comes from a church-going background, and in recent times has been publicly talking up Christianity’s contribution to Britain

The Prime Minister cannot just dismiss the Church of England's attack on his government with a soundbite

David Cameron may not welcome the damning Anglican report on the state of the nation, but it is written from the blighted parishes of the frontline

Mary Christmas: the Bethlehem story is Mary's moment, when a poor peasant girl gives birth to the Son of God in a stable

The appeal of the Virgin Mary: A supernatural hope at a time of scepticism

Noah and Moses have both had the Hollywood treatment and next year it's the Virgin Mary's turn. But what is it about Our Lady, whose presence in the gospels is patchy at best, that means she still appeals to those of all creeds and none?

Canonised: Pope John Paul II

You don't have to be a saint to be a saint

You don't have to be all that saintly to be a saint, as even Catholic clerics attest. But then, argues Peter Stanford canonisation has long been more about politics than purity

Polls have indicated many priests would be in favour of allowing marriage within the priesthood

Why Pope Francis should allow priests to wed

Among the select group of old friends back in Argentina whom Pope Francis rings regularly from Rome was, until her recent death, Clelia Podesta. In 1972 she had married his former colleague, Bishop Jeronimo Podesta, causing the couple to be abandoned by every other leading figure in a Catholic hierarchy that sticks rigidly to the line that priests must remain celibate. But not by Pope Francis.

Ten more commandments: How to save the Anglican church

Twenty years ago, Anglicans believed its first female priests would reignite the Church of England. It never happened. Amid private infighting, public apathy and a resurgent Vatican, Peter Stanford draws up a rescue plan

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