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    1. November 28, 2014

      The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

      A malaise has settled over Europe’s politicians, and it took the first non-European Pope of modern times to put it into...

    2. 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...

    1. FT Photo Diary

      April 28, 2014

      Mass mass in St Peter’s Square

      Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonisation ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. February 28, 2014

      Minibus Pimps: Cloud to Ground

      Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones indulges his love of the organ on his new project Minibus Pimps, but not in a way liable to...

    6. 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...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      August 15, 2013

      At your convenience in Romania

      Vadim Ghirda/AP A woman holds toilet paper outside a public convenience near the Roman Catholic church during celebrations...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      June 11, 2013

      Breakdancing Jesus unveiled in Bristol

      Matt Cardy/Getty Images Cosmo Sarson’s mural of Jesus breakdancing, painted on a 8.5 metre wall beside The Canteen in Stokes...

    9. 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...

    10. March 18, 2013

      Argentina asks pope for help on Falklands

      Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s president, has asked her compatriot, Pope Francis, to lobby Britain to negotiate sovereignty...

    11. 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...

    12. beyondbrics

      March 13, 2013

      [Snap] New Pope is an Argentine

      The emerging markets have produced their second Pope and the first from outside Europe in nearly 1300 years – Cardinal Jorge...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. March 1, 2013

      ‘The Books that Shaped Art History’

      The Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss, edited by Richard Shone and John-Paul...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. February 15, 2013

      Evangelism drained the Pope’s stamina

      Pope Benedict XVI never really got the hang of Twitter. Since he began posting as @Pontifex in December, his output has run...

    22. February 14, 2013

      Cinema review: Mea Maxima Culpa, This is 40, Side by Side and more

      So. Farewell, Pope. You had eight years to swing an unbeliever – this unbeliever – around to your way of thinking, or even...

    23. February 13, 2013

      African claim to papacy rests on growth

      In Europe, poorly attended services and emptying seminaries hint at the troubles in the Catholic church. In Africa,...

    24. beyondbrics

      February 12, 2013

      A non-European pope? Bookies think the odds are good

      Will the next pope come from the developing world? The bookies seem to think the odds are good. Within hours of Pope...

    25. February 11, 2013

      Old guard to sway modern conclave

      When Pope Benedict XVI resigns on February 28, the stage will be set for the most unusual conclave of modern times. There...

    26. February 11, 2013

      The Pope leaves a tainted legacy

      The frailty of the 85-year-old man who on Monday announced he will stand down on health grounds as the 265th Bishop of Rome...

    27. February 11, 2013

      Troubled See takes its toll on Benedict

      Like the closing years of the papacy of John Paul II, his long-serving predecessor, the reign of Pope Benedict XVI was...

    28. February 11, 2013

      Papal precedent

      Pope Benedict XVI was never destined to be a moderniser. His was a deeply spiritual but strongly conservative vision for the...

    29. The World

      February 11, 2013

      Wait, the Pope can resign?

      In a word, yes. The news that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down at the end of February has taken many people by surprise,...

    30. February 11, 2013

      Pope modernises the succession process

      Pope Benedict XVI, who has shocked the Catholic world by announcing his resignation, leaves a Church reeling from scandals...

    31. November 19, 2012

      John Paul Jones and Supersilent, Village Underground, London

      Pity the poor Led Zeppelin fan. The rock titans rolled the years back at the O2 Arena five years ago, but only 20,000 of the...

    32. November 2, 2012

      The least godly of rock gods?

      John Paul Jones was known as “the quiet one” in Led Zeppelin. While Jimmy Page and Robert Plant preened at the front of the...

    33. September 3, 2012

      Italy honours controversial cardinal

      Carlo Maria Martini, the most liberal among Italian cardinals and once contender for the papacy, was laid to rest on Monday...

    34. August 13, 2012

      Pope’s former butler to stand trial

      The Pope’s former butler faces up six years in jail for allegedly leaking internal documents, in a public trial by the...

    35. July 20, 2012

      Cleric who sheltered thousands of dissidents

      In a calling that spanned seven of Latin America’s most turbulent decades, Eugênio de Araújo Sales fought many fierce social...

    36. July 20, 2012

      World is not enough

      Last week in Hyde Park, Paul Simon, accompanied by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, performed his seminal album Graceland. This...

    37. June 26, 2012

      Rokia Traoré, Barbican, London

      The hardest-working woman in Mali, Rokia Traoré pitched up in London with three completely different shows in the space of a...

    38. March 28, 2012

      Pope Benedict meets Fidel Castro

      HAVANA, March 28 – Pope Benedict XVI urged Cubans on Wednesday to search for “authentic freedom” and wound up his trip with...

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