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    1. The World

      November 25, 2014

      The Pope's trenchant words for EU

        Pope Francis had some trenchant words for Europeans, especially the rich and powerful, in his speech on Tuesday to the...

    2. July 7, 2014

      Pope cuts scandal-prone Vatican bank down to size

      The Institute for Religious Works, the official name of the scandal-prone Vatican bank, is set to be radically slimmed down...

    1. July 1, 2014

      Vatican bank chairman to step down

      The Vatican bank’s chairman is expected to step down as early as next week as a review under Pope Francis of the scandal-hit...

    2. Business Blog

      June 2, 2014

      Abdication: for kings and corporate dynasts, it's all about timing

      Spanish Crown Prince Felipe Photo: Reuters A couple of royal handovers and a papal resignation and suddenly abdication –...

    3. Business Blog

      June 2, 2014

      Abdication: for kings or corporate dynasties it's all about the timing

      Spanish Crown Prince Felipe Photo: Reuters A couple of royal handovers and a papal resignation and suddenly abdication –...

    4. FT Alphaville

      June 2, 2014

      Crown contagion

      Pope Benedict XVI (sovereign of the Vatican City State) – 2013 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – 2013 King Albert of the...

    5. April 27, 2014

      Pope Francis raises to sainthood two popular predecessors

      Two former popes – John Paul II and John XXIII – were declared saints by today’s pontiff Francis in an unprecedented...

    6. April 25, 2014

      Francis hopes to close divisions with sainthood for two popes

      Three popes – or it might even be four – will figure in an unprecedented ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday when Pope Francis...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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,...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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