Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

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

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

Now that he’s a father, the heart-throb actor might finally discover what love really is, a love that can never be replaced

And when the inevitable finally comes, the Greeks who suffer most will be the least guilty

For the sake of political posturing and ending ‘discrimination’ against women and Catholics, David Cameron is opening the monarchy up to secularisation. It is political vanity for which future generations will pay a high price

The treatment of Gaddafi’s corpse was a disgrace – and now he is with God we can pray for him, as we pray for all the dead