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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. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. February 21, 2013

    China tensions await new pope

    As the sun streams through the stained glass windows of St Joseph’s Cathedral in central Beijing, members of the kneeling...

  29. 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...

  30. Brussels Blog

    February 11, 2013

    Papal exit: The Van Rompuy Code?

    The politics and rituals surrounding the selection of a new pope are even more opaque and mysterious than the back-room...

  31. February 11, 2013

    Leading candidates for the papacy

    The decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. The...

  32. FT Data

    February 11, 2013

    The pope as CEO: what will Benedict's successor inherit?

    As my colleague Andrew Hill has pointed out, the Pope is not just the leader of one of the world’s great religions. He is...

  33. 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,...

  34. December 6, 2012

    Pontiff’s app adds new meaning to ‘Popemobile’

    People faithful to a brand or idea are essential for a long-term communication strategy, says Gustavo Entrala, founder of...

  35. September 16, 2012

    Be peacemakers, Pope tells Mideast Christians

    BEIRUT, Sept 16 – Pope Benedict has urged Middle Eastern Christians to work for peace and against “the grim trail of death...

  36. July 6, 2012

    Scents and sensitivities

    Have you ever wondered what omnipotent religious figures smell like? Probably not. Let’s try it this way instead: ever...

  37. Brussels Blog

    March 29, 2012

    Can the Pope save the euro?

    Pope Benedict XVI, eurozone head of state? Even in the midst of the eurozone crisis, senior officials in Brussels are...

  38. beyondbrics

    March 25, 2012

    The week ahead: Mar 26 - Apr 1

    Lots of interest rate decisions this week, as well as Obama’s trip to South Korea, and Monti’s tour around Asia. But the...

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