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  1. April 14, 2014

    Papal mediator put to test as Venezuela peace talks resume

    When Pietro Parolin was appointed last year by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s secretary of state, the Cardinal said he had...

  2. March 28, 2014

    Surge in Obamacare enrolments to 6m may come too late

    In between an audience with Pope Francis, a meeting with Italian leaders and a tour of the Colosseum, President Barack Obama...

  1. FT Photo Diary

    March 27, 2014

    An exchange of gifts at the Vatican

    Gabriel Bouys/AP Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts at the Vatican on Thursday. It is their first...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Pope Francis meets Barack Obama for first time in gridlocked Rome

    Pope Francis and Barack Obama have met for the first time, with the US president’s state visit to the Vatican expected to...

  3. 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...

  4. March 26, 2014

    Pope Francis accepts resignation of German ‘bishop of bling’

    Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of the so-called “bishop of bling”, the German prelate who has faced...

  5. FT Photo Diary

    March 26, 2014

    Waiting for Papa

    Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on...

  6. March 20, 2014

    Vatican diplomacy could be Venezuela’s salvation

    At least 30 people have died in Venezuela in the street protests between pro and anti-government supporters of the past...

  7. March 18, 2014

    Holy hand seen in Argentine president’s conversion

    Much has changed in Argentina since the uncomfortable moment a year ago when President Cristina Fernández first publicly...

  8. March 7, 2014

    Pope Francis’s papacy one year on

    In March last year an unfamiliar figure stepped on to the balcony above St Peter’s Square in Rome to be greeted as Pope...

  9. February 24, 2014

    Pope decrees sweeping overhaul of Vatican’s financial system

    Pope Francis has ordered a sweeping overhaul of the Vatican’s financial system, establishing a powerful secretariat for the...

  10. February 5, 2014

    UN tells Vatican to remove all paedophile clergy

    A United Nations committee has accused the Vatican of failing to address adequately the widespread abuse of children and has...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    February 5, 2014

    Pope Francis meets the bishops

    Alessandra Tarantino/AP Pope Francis meets bishops at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the...

  12. January 24, 2014

    Pressure grows on François Hollande to respond to affair claims

    Two weeks after revelations that he was apparently having an affair with a film actress, French president François Hollande...

  13. January 24, 2014

    Bomb explodes near French church in Rome

    An explosion next to a French church in central Rome before dawn on Friday damaged several cars in an area close to where...

  14. 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...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    January 8, 2014

    Greetings from the Pope

    Gabriel Bouys/AFP Pope Francis waves to visitors as he arrives at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general...

  16. FT Photo Diary

    January 6, 2014

    Pope Francis prepares for Epiphany mass

    Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican,...

  17. January 3, 2014

    The Diary: Nicola Barker

    So the door finally fell off the oven in my London flat a few days before Christmas (I cook a huge amount and have been...

  18. January 1, 2014

    Much ado about rising inequality

    In his “apostolic exhortation”, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis stated that “today we . . . have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to...

  19. 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...

  20. December 27, 2013

    An old man in a hurry to revitalise his church

    In the less than a year since he ascended the throne of Saint Peter, Pope Francis has hit the Church of Rome like an...

  21. December 23, 2013

    Capitalism: In search of balance

    When Pope Francis issued his first apostolic exhortation in November, he took aim at modern capitalism for encouraging...

  22. December 22, 2013

    World diary: December 23 - December 29

    • Companies week ahead • Economic Outlook: Recovery watchers keep eye on inflation • See a full guide to the week’s Economic...

  23. December 9, 2013

    Vatican makes ‘very good’ progress combating money laundering

    Efforts by the Vatican to comply with international standards on financial transparency have received a positive assessment...

  24. December 6, 2013

    Call to account: FT probe of Vatican Bank

    The Vatican bank is closing hundreds of accounts after coming under pressure from the world’s biggest financial institutions...

  25. December 6, 2013

    UK Austerity Audit

    On June 28 this year, Italian police arrested a silver-haired priest, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, in Rome. The cleric,...

  26. November 29, 2013

    The New World Pope shifts Church politics south

    From the way Pope Francis discusses sex and money in his first major papal pronouncement, you can tell a lot about his plans...

  27. beyondbrics

    November 24, 2013

    The week ahead: Nov 25-30

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Putin visits the Pope and the EU eastern partnership summit in Lithuania: Georgia and...

  28. beyondbrics

    November 3, 2013

    The week ahead: Nov 4 - 9

    The week ahead in emerging markets: China’s president Xi Jinping is thought to set out a programme of reforms for China in...

  29. October 23, 2013

    Pope Francis suspends Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’

    A German cleric dubbed in the media as the “bishop of bling” has been suspended from his diocese on the orders of Pope...

  30. October 21, 2013

    Pope summons Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’ over spending uproar

    A senior German cleric dubbed the “bishop of bling” in the media has met Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss the uproar...

  31. October 18, 2013

    The Diary: Randy Boyagoda

    Seven days in Rome: day one, passport control, you look for the hidden camera because the officer who flicks a finger at you...

  32. October 11, 2013

    Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s fading populist

    When Pope Francis held an audience with Cristina Fernández in March, his first with any head of state, the meeting of the...

  33. October 11, 2013

    Pope is urged to block beatification in Spanish civil war dispute

    Pope Francis has been asked to halt the beatification of more than 500 “martyrs of the faith” killed during the Spanish...

  34. October 10, 2013

    German Catholics urge Pope to intervene in ‘swanky bishop’ scandal

    Pope Francis, the new Roman Catholic pontiff who has appealed for his church to be both “poor and for the poor”, is to be...

  35. FT Photo Diary

    October 9, 2013

    Blessings in the rain

    FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Pope Francis blesses and waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly open-air...

  36. FT Photo Diary

    October 2, 2013

    Wave from Pope Francis

    Giampiero Sposito/Reuters Pope Francis waves to the crowd after leading the weekly audience in St Peter’s Square at the...

  37. 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...

  38. September 22, 2013

    Pope attacks globalised idolisation of money

    Pope Francis has turned his sights on globalisation, attacking an economic system he condemns as based on the idolisation of...

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