Peter Stanford

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

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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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