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    1. 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...

    2. 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. ...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. Business Blog

      December 22, 2014

      The Pope's message to Vatican clerics, reinterpreted for CEOs

      I suppose if you are the pontiff, you don’t have to leaven your Christmas greeting with false bonhomie, but the Pope has not...

    6. 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...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      December 22, 2014

      On the edge

      A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      October 29, 2014

      Sunrise at the Vatican

      Gabriel Bouys/Afp A picture shows the silhouette of a stat…A picture shows the silhouette of a statue at St Peter’s square...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    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 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. July 8, 2014

      Profits plunge at Vatican bank

      Profits at the Vatican bank plunged last year after thousands of accounts were closed as part of an overhaul of the...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. FT Alphaville

      July 2, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      The Last Camp Alphaville Promo of 2014. The fun starts at 11am today. Pack cash. The Cut is taking a short break for the...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. FT Alphaville

      June 2, 2014

      Crown contagion

      Pope Benedict XVI (sovereign of the Vatican City State) – 2013 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – 2013 King Albert of the...

    37. 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...

    38. May 21, 2014

      Vatican bank faces fresh controversy

      The Vatican’s troubled bank is embroiled in fresh controversy over its financial management following revelations that it...

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