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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three books in particular spring to mind