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  1. April 18, 2014

    How St Peter’s is given the Dutch touch with its Easter flowers

    On Easter Sunday, an altar will rise by electronic miracle from a platform before the main door of St Peter’s. On it, Pope...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    March 27, 2014

    Obama arriving at The Vatican

    Franco Origlia/Getty US President Barack Obama arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for a meeting with Pope Francis in...

  1. January 21, 2014

    Ireland to reopen Vatican embassy closed amid abuse scandal

    Ireland is to reopen its Vatican embassy more than two years after it was shut in a diplomatic dispute over a child abuse...

  2. December 29, 2013

    The remarkable figure of Pope Francis

    In the course of 2013, no figure has caught the imagination of people across the world more than Pope Francis. When he was...

  3. September 27, 2013

    The new Pope is bringing glasnost to the Vatican

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio, almost unknown to the world before his ascent this spring to the chair of Saint Peter after the...

  4. August 31, 2013

    Pope appoints new secretary of state

    Pope Francis nominated a Vatican diplomat to replace the current secretary of state of the Holy See, in the most important...

  5. July 29, 2013

    Pope Francis strikes more conciliatory tone on gay clergy

    Pope Francis has challenged his doctrinaire predecessor’s opinions on gay priests while upholding Church dogma that bans the...

  6. July 25, 2013

    ‘People’s Pope’ connects with Brazil’s poor

    Two unusual events took place in Brazil this week. First, it has been snowing, and second, Pope Francis was mobbed when he...

  7. July 24, 2013

    ‘Generosity of young’ at centre of Pope’s Brazil visit

    Pope Francis placed young people at the heart of the Church’s mission in a Mass at one of Brazil`s holiest sites, the Marian...

  8. June 28, 2013

    New finance scandal to test Vatican resolve

    A suspected plot to smuggle €20m from Switzerland and the arrest of a former Italian secret service agent; a financial...

  9. May 31, 2013

    God’s new banker brings Teutonic thoroughness to Vatican

    On his last full day of a troubled papacy, Benedict XVI bade farewell to his household staff lining up in the Vatican,...

  10. March 29, 2013

    Pope and circumstance

    It’s Easter, which perhaps explains my recent fixation with the new Pope. After all, for the past week he has been...

  11. March 21, 2013

    Church leaders bring fresh insight

    You can wait a lifetime for a new Archbishop of Canterbury or Pope, and then suddenly the two come along at once. But what...

  12. The World

    March 20, 2013

    Waiting for white smoke in Italian politics

    Situation vacant? Mario Monti (Getty) There were two big job vacancies in Rome last month. The Catholic Church began looking...

  13. March 19, 2013

    Pope warns of ‘darkness’ in the world

    Pope Francis has celebrated his inauguration mass, delivering a strong message to heads of state and government and tens of...

  14. March 15, 2013

    ‘New way’ pope faces old forces

    In the short time since his election as the first non-European Pope in almost 1,300 years, Francis has already sought to...

  15. March 15, 2013

    Boards and CEOs: no one’s indispensable

    It has been a bad few weeks for the cult of the Supreme Leader. Pope Benedict quit in the Vatican. Kim Jong-eun ranted and...

  16. March 15, 2013

    An end to self-righteous Vatican rule

    Rome has been ruled by the self-righteous – by the “chief priests and experts in the law” that Jesus castigates in the...

  17. March 14, 2013

    Pope faces Vatican Bank reform challenge

    One of the challenges facing Pope Francis will be how to reform the finances of the Vatican Bank which has been plagued by...

  18. March 14, 2013

    New pope warns of need for faith

    Pope Francis has called for the Roman Catholic church to match rebuilding with spirituality or risk becoming just a...

  19. The World

    March 14, 2013

    Can Pope Francis straddle the Church's divide?

    Stunned, then overjoyed (Getty) By Guy Dinmore and Giulia Segreti The first pope from the Americas, the first from the...

  20. March 13, 2013

    New leader needs skills of a modern manager

    From a shortage of priests to a surfeit of sex abuse scandals, from an unreformed Vatican bureaucracy to an unending...

  21. March 13, 2013

    Argentine Jesuit intellectual elected pope

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, a 76-year-old Jesuit intellectual, greeted the world as Pope Francis on Wednesday...

  22. beyondbrics

    March 13, 2013

    Lucrative lessons of Papal tourism

    The election of the new pope is supposed to be a largely spiritual event, but it does have its material benefits, especially...

  23. March 13, 2013

    Voting for pope moves to fourth round

    Black smoke billowed from the small chimney perched on the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel shortly before noon, signalling that a...

  24. March 12, 2013

    Trends point to time for non-European pope

    For centuries, the head of the Roman Catholic Church has been a European. As the college of cardinals prepares to elect a...

  25. March 12, 2013

    Conclave to elect next pope begins voting

    Cardinals sequestered in the Sistine Chapel held their first vote to choose the 266th pope to lead the Roman Catholic church...

  26. March 12, 2013

    Conclave begins with no clear favourite

    The 115 cardinals who will choose the next pope have celebrated the Pro eligendo pontifice mass – “For the election of a...

  27. March 8, 2013

    Cardinals set date to choose new pope

    Having taken their oath of secrecy on entering Michelangelo’s Sistine chapel with windows obscured and all electronic...

  28. March 7, 2013

    Cardinals pressed on abuse case handling

    An American association representing victims of abuse by priests has published a list of unsuitable candidates for the next...

  29. The World

    March 6, 2013

    Electing a pope: a beginner's guide

    By Giulia Segreti in Rome Since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down on February 28, saying he was now “simply a pilgrim who is...

  30. March 4, 2013

    Cardinals meet to discuss papal successor

    VATICAN CITY, March 4 – Roman Catholic cardinals filed into the Vatican on Monday for preliminary meetings to sketch an...

  31. March 3, 2013

    No end in sight to Italian gridlock

    Italy and Europe have a long and anxious wait in store. A week after voters sent a strong anti-austerity message and...

  32. February 28, 2013

    Benedict abdication clears way for new pope

    Benedict XVI abdicated as pope on Thursday, clearing the way for a conclave of cardinals to pick a successor tasked with...

  33. February 27, 2013

    Pope alludes to turbulent year of reign

    The curtain will fall on the short but eventful papacy of Benedict XVI on Thursday when the gates are drawn shut at...

  34. February 25, 2013

    Kanye West, Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Is there a lonelier job than that of being Kanye West? Of course not. The pressures of the highest office are nothing...

  35. February 25, 2013

    Pope alters rules on successor’s election

    Roman Catholic cardinals will be allowed to bring forward the beginning of the conclave to elect the next pontiff, following...

  36. February 25, 2013

    UK’s leading Catholic cleric steps down

    Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric has stepped down from his leadership role in the Scottish Church amid...

  37. February 24, 2013

    Cardinal accused of ‘inappropriate acts’

    Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic priest has been accused of inappropriate behaviour in claims stretching back more than...

  38. February 24, 2013

    Pope delivers his final Sunday address

    Benedict XVI has given his last Sunday address ahead of his planned abdication this Thursday, telling tens of thousands of...

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