Peter Stanford

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

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Man with a Van going nowhere

Peter Stanford loses patience with a shallow trawl through the world of cults

OUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH

After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, it was said that Britain was once again a spiritual nation. But why did the church fail to seize the moment? And is it now doomed?

Book review: Peace on earth - or at least in church

CHRISTIANITY: The First Two Thousand Years by David L Edwards, Cassell pounds 30 THE ROMAN OPTION Crisis and the Realignment of English-Speaki ng Christianity by William Oddie, HarperCollins pounds 16.99

Mother Teresa, unflinching to the last

Peter Stanford reflects on the steely determination and conviction that sustained her life's work

Held hostage by the Vatican

Peter Stanford explores the Roman folly that shamed the Papacy: The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David Kertzer, Picador, pounds 17.99

Rows on the roof of the world

Peter Stanford on trouble in Tibet; Kundun: a biography of the family of the Dalai Lama by Mary Craig, HarperCollin s, pounds 17.99

Christian Brothers make their 'deathbed confession'

Peter Stanford reports on the stern Catholic teaching order that has admitted cruelty and abuse

Books: No through road to Damascus

Peter Stanford looks for the real roots of Christianity

Unholy battle for faithful readers

Monsignor Michael Buckley, of the 'Universe', has issued a writ for libel against the 'Catholic Herald', edited by Cristina Odone. It's the latest skirmish in a fierce struggle involving all the Catholic press.

PROPOSITIONS : There's no charity without security

The Barings crisis shows the need for a safety net, says Peter Stanford PROPOSITIONS
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Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee