Peter Stanford

Peter Stanford

“For sheer human courage Martin Luther is hard to outdo”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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