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  1. FT Photo Diary

    September 3, 2014

    Keeping composed

    Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican in Rome.   ...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    August 27, 2014

    Papal Wave

    Max Rossi/Reuters Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. ...

  1. August 19, 2014

    Iraqi forces fail to retake Tikrit from Islamist militants

    Islamist extremists appeared to have thwarted another shortlived attempt by Iraqi government forces to reclaim the city of...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    August 15, 2014

    Waiting for the Pope

    Lee Jin-man/Reuters A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for holy mass at a stadium at Daejeon, South...

  3. FT Photo Diary

    August 14, 2014

    Pope Francis in Seoul

    Kim Hong-Ji/AFP Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea ...

  4. August 14, 2014

    Pope Francis lands in Seoul for first Asia papal trip in 15 years

    Pope Francis has begun the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years, arriving in Seoul on Thursday in an effort to boost the...

  5. July 13, 2014

    ‘Two per cent’ of clergy are paedophiles, Pope quoted as saying

    Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that “two per cent” of the Catholic church’s clergy are paedophiles involved in abuse...

  6. July 13, 2014

    Are money changers now welcome in the Vatican temple?

    May 2013: “We have created new idols. The golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and...

  7. July 10, 2014

    A cheerful Pope Francis reveals readiness to reform Vatican

    No sacrilege is intended in comparing today’s Roman Curia under Pope Francis with the Central Committee of the now-defunct...

  8. July 10, 2014

    Patten answers calling from the Vatican

    It is just two months since major heart surgery forced Chris Patten to step down as chairman of the BBC Trust – a largely...

  9. July 10, 2014

    New head of Vatican bank is no stranger to Holy See

    The newly-appointed president of the Vatican bank is no stranger to the financial services industry or to the corridors of...

  10. July 9, 2014

    Pontiff’s radical overhaul aims to sweep away years of scandal

    The shake-up of the Vatican’s administration, unveiled by Pope Francis on Wednesday, marks his most ambitious attempt yet to...

  11. July 9, 2014

    Vatican unveils financial and media shake-up

    Pope Francis has hired a former European fund manager and a British lord as part of a sweeping overhaul of the Vatican’s...

  12. July 7, 2014

    Timeline: tracing the travails of the Vatican bank

    1887 Pope Leo XIII establishes the commission for Works of Charity (Commissione ad Pias Causas), the progenitor of the...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. June 13, 2014

    Pope expresses concern over Scotland independence

    Pope Francis has expressed concern about independence movements including Scotland’s, telling an interview with a Catalonian...

  16. June 13, 2014

    Why the FPC should do nothing next week

    In May it was Mark Carney. Last week it was the EU. This week it’s the IMF. For all I know, next week Pope Francis could...

  17. June 13, 2014

    Spiritual connections – and why I’m not a budget airline steward

    The Dalai Lama is on Twitter, a reader observed to me, seemingly to imply that if it is good enough for that sage, it is...

  18. June 13, 2014

    Francis: a pitch-perfect Pope

    For a nine-year-old boy in lower-middle-class Buenos Aires in 1946, there were three towering influences: the Catholic...

  19. June 5, 2014

    Pope Francis sacks board of financial watchdog

    Pope Francis has pushed ahead with his modernisation and reform of Vatican institutions by dismissing the entire board of...

  20. May 27, 2014

    Palestinian accord risks whipping up Mideast storm

    With the pomp and distraction of this week’s visit by Pope Francis now behind them, Israelis and Palestinians are returning...

  21. May 25, 2014

    Pope Francis prays at Bethlehem wall

    Pope Francis spoke of the Vatican’s good relations with the “state of Palestine” and prayed at the wall separating Bethlehem...

  22. May 23, 2014

    Mission impossible in the Holy Land

    In his first visit as Pope to the Holy Land this weekend, Francis I will surely want to bring a message of hope to a region...

  23. May 23, 2014

    Maronite cardinal brings controversy to Pope’s Jerusalem visit

    When Pope Francis arrives in Jerusalem on Sunday during his three-day visit to the Holy Land, another guest will join him on...

  24. May 19, 2014

    Jérôme Kerviel turns himself in to French authorities

    Jérôme Kerviel, the former Société Générale trader, has turned himself in to French authorities to serve a three-year jail...

  25. May 18, 2014

    Pope’s ‘Last Supper’ mass raises Jewish hackles

    A plan by Pope Francis to celebrate mass in a Jerusalem room believed by Christians to have hosted the Last Supper has...

  26. April 28, 2014

    Irish government offers conciliatory invitation to Pope Francis

    Relations between the Irish government and the Catholic Church may have turned a corner at the weekend after several years...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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