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Muammar Gaddafi pictured during a visit to Rome in 2009 (ANDREW MEDICHINI/AP/Press Association Images)

If Gaddafi had followed this simple rule so many lives would have been spared

A World Youth Day pilgrim walks past protesters in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Protesting about the Pope coming to your city is appalling bad manners

Verdi conducts the second performance of the Requiem at La Scala in May 1874

It’s a myth that the Italian composer did not care about religion

Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni (Photo: PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on why so little violent crime happens in Italy

The current production of All's Well That Ends Well at the Globe. (Photo: Globe)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith reviews a superb production of All’s Well That Ends Well, but cautions against extravagant interpretations of Shakespeare

The feast of the Assumption is celebrated in style by Maltese on the island of Gozo

The trouble is that once a tradition has been destroyed, how do you revive it again?

Mohammad Ashraf Haziq, the Malaysian student who had his jaw broken by rioters, and was then robbed, pictured at a press conference

But where were the Catholics in all this?

Violence in Hackney, east London (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Virgil is wiser than Homer; Dickens is at his best in The Pickwick Papers

David and his wife Samantha at a cafe in Tuscany (Lorenzo Galassi/PA Wire)

Three books in particular spring to mind