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Muslims who oppose fundamentalism should recognise the Pope as an ally

Turkey is a great friend of Britain, but still has its problems. If Prime Minister Erdogan can overcome these he will go down as the greatest Turk since Suleiman the Magnificent

One cannot be an Anglican and use the Roman Missal – it is one or the other

Believers ought not to be self-obsessed, but novels are about self-obsession

Melanie Phillips says that Islam is intrinsically anti-Semitic; Daniel Goldhagen tries the same argument with Catholicism

Italy is a country that has often fascinated British writers. Here are my recommendations for the best books on Italy and the Italians

Italy is facing its worst crisis since the Second World War

Italians saw in Berlusconi what they saw in Mussolini – an anti-establishment figure who defied the law

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death