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    1. 12 hours ago

      A diplomatic test for the Vatican on gay rights

      In the two years that he has occupied the throne of St Peter, Pope Francis has been an inspirational figure for Catholics...

    2. April 16, 2015

      Vatican ends investigation into American nuns

      The Vatican has abruptly ended its oversight of the largest organisation of US Catholic nuns, signalling a shift in their...

    1. April 15, 2015

      Dissension emerges between France and Vatican over gay ambassador

      “Who am I to judge?” Pope Francis responded two years ago when asked about an alleged gay lobby at the Vatican. It was a...

    2. April 12, 2015

      Turkey accuses Pope of ‘prejudice’ over Armenian ‘genocide’

      Turkey reacted angrily after Pope Francis called the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians “the first genocide of the 20th...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      April 2, 2015

      Chrism Mass

      Pope Francis presides over Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican   ...

    4. March 25, 2015

      Europe’s impatience with misbehaviour drives corruption crackdown

      Romanian prosecutors accuse a former finance minister of stashing three gold bars, $90,000 in cash and a French...

    5. March 11, 2015

      Vatican moves closer to ending decades of secret banking

      The Vatican is in advanced talks with Italian authorities to end decades of secret banking in the city-state, as Pope...

    6. February 27, 2015

      Are you selfish?

      The Shrink Glancing at the news the other day I noticed an item reporting that Pope Francis had stated “the choice not to...

    7. February 3, 2015

      Pope declares slain bishop a martyr

      Pope Francis, the first head of the Catholic Church to come from Latin America, has cleared the path to sainthood for slain...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      January 28, 2015

      Papal performance

      Circus artists perform in front of Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. ...

    9. January 18, 2015

      Seven million people flock to hear Pope Francis in Manila

      Pope Francis drew between 6m and 7m people to an open-air mass in the Philippines on Sunday, shattering the previous record...

    10. FT Photo Diary

      January 16, 2015

      Photographing Pope Francis

      People hold up their phones and cameras to take a photo of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit...

    11. FT Photo Diary

      January 16, 2015

      Waiting for Pope Francis

      Young boys dressed as the Swiss Guard rest as they wait for Pope Francis at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate...

    12. January 15, 2015

      Pope Francis says there are limits to free speech

      Pope Francis said freedom of expression should be limited, especially when it involved insulting religion, even as he...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      January 15, 2015

      Awaiting the Pope in Manila

      Filipino Catholics gather for Pope Francis’s arrival in Manila, Philippines. ...

    14. January 14, 2015

      Rajapaksa’s defeat holds lessons for Asia’s rightwing leaders

      Pope Francis rounded off his two-day trip to Sri Lanka on Wednesday by visiting a jungle shrine in the island’s...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      January 13, 2015

      Celebratory meal ahead of Pope Francis's arrival

      Residents of the garbage dumpsite Payatas, eat a “pagpag” or recycled meal to celebrate Pope Francis’s planned visit on...

    16. January 13, 2015

      Pope Francis calls for reconciliation in Sri Lanka

      The Pope in Sri Lanka Pope Francis has urged Sri Lanka to investigate the “truth” behind events during its bloody civil war,...

    17. January 12, 2015

      Five themes colour Pope’s Asia agenda

      Pope Francis departs on Monday for his second trip to Asia — and his seventh international visit — since he was elected to...

    18. FT Alphaville

      January 5, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      The euro fell to a nine-year low this morning after Mario Draghi hinted strongly that the ECB will unveil new easing...

    19. January 4, 2015

      Pope Francis chooses 20 cardinals from across the globe

      Pope Francis has appointed 20 new cardinals from 18 countries in a clear move by the pontiff to diversify the College of...

    20. December 26, 2014

      Pope Francis takes on the Catholic bureaucracy

      When Pope Francis moved out of the papal apartments into a priestly commune upon ascending to the throne of St Peter last...

    21. December 22, 2014

      Pope lambasts Vatican bureaucrats in Christmas address

      Pope Francis scolded members of the Vatican bureaucracy in a harshly worded Christmas greeting that listed “15 ills” that...

    22. December 19, 2014

      How Pope Francis helped melt the US-Cuba freeze

      Pope Francis is not usually one to tout his own accomplishments. But even the modest Argentine pontiff could not resist the...

    23. December 17, 2014

      US-Cuba script written in Papal Library

      When Barack Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican in March, they exchanged pleasantries for the photographers and swapped...

    24. December 17, 2014

      US moves to restore relations with Cuba

      The US is to open talks with Cuba about establishing full diplomatic relations and reopening an embassy in Havana,...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      December 17, 2014

      Tango at the Vatican

      Couples dance a tango in front of Saint Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. At the rear edge of the square more...

    26. December 5, 2014

      Free Lunch: Narcissism and fallibility

      In both the UK and the eurozone, the week’s big policy events each marked a narcissism of small differences - in numbers and...

    27. December 3, 2014

      Pope Francis gives Swiss Guard commander his marching orders

      Pope Francis has extended his drive to reform the Vatican to the institution that has been charged with protecting the...

    28. December 3, 2014

      Religious leaders in rare union with pledge to fight slavery

      The leaders of the world’s main religions set aside their differences and in an unprecedented joint declaration on Tuesday...

    29. December 2, 2014

      The euro’s feckless rulers back the tortoise against the hare

      Pope Francis may think of Europe as a haggard grandmother, but this eurozone granny has a gambling habit. She used to roll...

    30. 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...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      November 28, 2014

      The Pope visits the Ataturk mausoleum

      Pope Francis visits the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara on Friday. Pope...

    32. November 28, 2014

      Pope starts testing trip to Turkey

      As Pope Francis began a high profile trip to Turkey, the contrast with his host was hard to miss. The softly spoken Pontiff,...

    33. November 27, 2014

      Pope Francis’s remarks were misogynistic

      Sir, Pope Francis likens an economically and ideologically declining Europe to a barren grandmother (“Papal warning: Europe...

    34. November 27, 2014

      Pope Francis, hot grannies and a Chaka Khan model for Europe

      Pope Francis has used a speech to the European Parliament to warn politicians that their continent was becoming like an aged...

    35. November 27, 2014

      Do the Jesuits hold the answer for misfiring multinationals?

      Any ambitious entrepreneur seeking to lay the foundations of a 21st-century multinational would start with some of the...

    36. 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...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      November 25, 2014

      Pope addresses European Parliament

      Christian Hartmann/AFP Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament at the institution’s headquarters in Strasbourg. Pope...

    38. November 25, 2014

      Pope Francis calls Europe an ‘elderly and haggard’ grandmother

      Pope Francis likened Europe to a barren grandmother, calling the continent “elderly and haggard” during an address to...

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