Peter Stanford

Luther’s Value

"For sheer human courage Martin Luther is hard to outdo"

Good Writer, Bad Picker

Elizabeth Jane Howard showed deep emotional insights as a writer, but could not apply them to her own life

We Shouldn’t Let Old Men Rot Away In Jail

As the prison population ages, more and more elderly, often disabled inmates are left in their cells, unable to cope yet fearful of release

Pietro Lavini

The Capuchin friar single-handedly returned a medieval church in Italy’s Appenine mountains to its former glory

Tombstone Stories

‘An everyday ramble round a graveyard subliminally corrects any tendency to assume ourselves immortal’

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

A new project allows crime victims to move on — by pardoning those who attacked them

If England Had Remained Catholic

Did the Reformation rescue us from theocracy? Or are we poorer without pilgrims, saints and feasts?

Lisieux, France: Relics of Thérèse

The veneration of saint's relics largely died out after the Reformation, but the bones of one 19th-Century nun inexplicably attract millions of pilgrims from around the world today

Not a Tall Order

Growing numbers of men are over six foot and have to endure painfully small train seats. The modernisers of our railways must heed their cries

The Pope was Powerless

Until the Vatican opens its archives, speculation about Pius XII's failure to condemn the Holocaust should not be used to indict all religion

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"