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  1. FT Photo Diary

    April 28, 2014

    Mass mass in St Peter’s Square

    Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonisation ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    August 15, 2013

    At your convenience in Romania

    Vadim Ghirda/AP A woman holds toilet paper outside a public convenience near the Roman Catholic church during celebrations...

  3. FT Photo Diary

    June 11, 2013

    Breakdancing Jesus unveiled in Bristol

    Matt Cardy/Getty Images Cosmo Sarson’s mural of Jesus breakdancing, painted on a 8.5 metre wall beside The Canteen in Stokes...

  4. 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...

  5. March 18, 2013

    Argentina asks pope for help on Falklands

    Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s president, has asked her compatriot, Pope Francis, to lobby Britain to negotiate sovereignty...

  6. 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...

  7. beyondbrics

    March 13, 2013

    [Snap] New Pope is an Argentine

    The emerging markets have produced their second Pope and the first from outside Europe in nearly 1300 years – Cardinal Jorge...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. February 28, 2013

    Benedict abdication clears way for new pope

    Benedict XVI abdicated as pope on Thursday, clearing the way for a conclave of cardinals to pick a successor tasked with...

  13. February 25, 2013

    Pope alters rules on successor’s election

    Roman Catholic cardinals will be allowed to bring forward the beginning of the conclave to elect the next pontiff, following...

  14. February 15, 2013

    Evangelism drained the Pope’s stamina

    Pope Benedict XVI never really got the hang of Twitter. Since he began posting as @Pontifex in December, his output has run...

  15. February 14, 2013

    Cinema review: Mea Maxima Culpa, This is 40, Side by Side and more

    So. Farewell, Pope. You had eight years to swing an unbeliever – this unbeliever – around to your way of thinking, or even...

  16. February 13, 2013

    African claim to papacy rests on growth

    In Europe, poorly attended services and emptying seminaries hint at the troubles in the Catholic church. In Africa,...

  17. beyondbrics

    February 12, 2013

    A non-European pope? Bookies think the odds are good

    Will the next pope come from the developing world? The bookies seem to think the odds are good. Within hours of Pope...

  18. February 11, 2013

    Old guard to sway modern conclave

    When Pope Benedict XVI resigns on February 28, the stage will be set for the most unusual conclave of modern times. There...

  19. 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...

  20. February 11, 2013

    Troubled See takes its toll on Benedict

    Like the closing years of the papacy of John Paul II, his long-serving predecessor, the reign of Pope Benedict XVI was...

  21. February 11, 2013

    Papal precedent

    Pope Benedict XVI was never destined to be a moderniser. His was a deeply spiritual but strongly conservative vision for the...

  22. 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,...

  23. February 11, 2013

    Pope modernises the succession process

    Pope Benedict XVI, who has shocked the Catholic world by announcing his resignation, leaves a Church reeling from scandals...

  24. August 13, 2012

    Pope’s former butler to stand trial

    The Pope’s former butler faces up six years in jail for allegedly leaking internal documents, in a public trial by the...

  25. July 20, 2012

    Cleric who sheltered thousands of dissidents

    In a calling that spanned seven of Latin America’s most turbulent decades, Eugênio de Araújo Sales fought many fierce social...

  26. March 28, 2012

    Pope Benedict meets Fidel Castro

    HAVANA, March 28 – Pope Benedict XVI urged Cubans on Wednesday to search for “authentic freedom” and wound up his trip with...

  27. March 27, 2012

    Pope plays politics with Castro

    An email arrived on Tuesday from Havana. It was from a priest, asking me to “pray for him during the Pope’s visit”. That may...

  28. March 23, 2012

    Papal blend of politics and marketing

    The Vatican says the Pope’s visit to Mexico and Cuba is about love, hope and faith. In Latin America, most people believe it...

  29. September 13, 2011

    Sailors who caught the tide

    Poland is known for many things, from Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity labour union that brought down communism, to...

  30. August 10, 2011

    Cabrillo Festival, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California

    With the admonishment that “I think we can let this go now”, Marin Alsop banished the emissaries bearing gushing tributes on...

  31. July 26, 2011

    Arrogant Vatican

    No Irish prime minister has ever condemned the Vatican in language as blistering as that used last week by Enda Kenny. No...

  32. June 30, 2011

    Treasures of Heaven, British Museum, London

    As I looked round this new exhibition at the British Museum, two unrelated incidents, one from the secular and the other...

  33. May 1, 2011

    Catholics propel John Paul to sainthood

    More than a million Roman Catholic faithful put the troubles of the Church aside on Sunday in a celebration of the...

  34. April 18, 2011

    The Popes

    The Popes: A History, by John Julius Norwich, Chatto & Windus, RRP£25, 528 pages Three hundred years ago, Adam Smith, that...

  35. FT Alphaville

    September 21, 2010

    God loves, man fiddles

    Someone hasn’t been reading Matthew 6:24. From Reuters on Tuesday: The head of the Vatican bank Ettore Gotti Tedeschi has...

  36. September 17, 2010

    Born-again anti-Catholicism

    As Pope Benedict XVI was celebrating mass in Glasgow on Thursday, urging Scottish Catholics to “put aside what is worthless...

  37. September 16, 2010

    Pope warns against ‘aggressive secularism’

    Pope Benedict XVI sent an uncompromising message to the people of Britain at the start of the first papal state visit to the...

  38. September 16, 2010

    Swipe at Catholic believers betrays pathetic arrogance

    From Father Anthony A. Akinwale. Sir, Stephen Wall wrote in his article “Pope Benedict courts irrelevance and ignominy”...

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