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    1. 12 hours ago

      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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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,...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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,...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. October 26, 2014

      Synod setback reveals limits of Pope’s ability to drive reform

      In front of more than 200 bishops bearing their traditional zucchettos – scarlet and amaranth skullcaps – Pope Francis is...

    16. October 19, 2014

      Vatican synod fails to give blessing on gays in setback for Pope

      Catholic bishops failed to back a more open stance by the Vatican on homosexuality and divorce, in a vote that dealt a blow...

    17. FT Photo Diary

      October 8, 2014

      Waiting for Papa

      Andreas Solaro/AFP Franciscan monks wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter’s Square on...

    18. October 3, 2014

      Vatican to re-examine views on family as Pope presses reform

      During his first 18 months in office, Pope Francis has challenged the Vatican’s power brokers and purseholders with an...

    19. September 22, 2014

      Argentina appeals to a higher authority in fight with creditors

      Argentina’s battle with holdout creditors is taking on ever-broader dimensions as Cristina Fernández, the president, appeals...

    20. 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.   ...

    21. 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. ...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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 ...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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