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    1. September 1, 2015

      Pope Francis allows priests to forgive women who have had abortions

      Pope Francis will allow priests to forgive women who have had abortions, marking one of the boldest moves yet by the 78...

    2. August 25, 2015

      Italy struggles to pass gay rights law for same-sex couples

      Everything is ready for the wedding between Fabio and Franco, a young Italian gay couple. The announcement has been...

    1. August 24, 2015

      René Bruelhart: preaching a new message about the Vatican’s money

      The office of René Bruelhart, the Vatican’s chief anti-money laundering cop, is in an ochre building within the Vatican...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      August 19, 2015

      Papal head for hats

      Pope Francis exchanges caps during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall on Wednesday at the Vatican ...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      August 7, 2015

      Selfie Pope

      A group of people take selfies with Pope Francis during a meeting with the Youth Eucharistic Movement in the Paul VI...

    4. July 27, 2015

      US could prove tough audience for Pope Francis

      Pope Francis’ election in 2013 to lead the Catholic Church stirred hope among American Catholics that his humble style,...

    5. July 16, 2015

      Reformer tries to bring light to closed world of Vatican finance

      Cardinal George Pell’s short tenure as the Vatican’s financial tsar has been far from serene. In an environment known...

    6. July 6, 2015

      Pope prepares to take his fight for the poor to Latin America

      Hot on the heels of his groundbreaking encyclical letter on climate change, Pope Francis on Monday begins a week-long...

    7. June 19, 2015

      An activist pope puts his faith in science

      The first clue was not the dense white smoke billowing from the Vatican chimney, announcing a new Pope. It was that...

    8. June 18, 2015

      Pope praises boycotts but social media and fossil fuels among sinners

      Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Ghanaian author of the nearly 200-page encyclical letter on the environment released by...

    9. June 16, 2015

      Pope takes climate to papacy’s heart

      Shortly after Pope Francis was elected as leader of the Catholic Church two years ago, he invited a leader of the...

    10. June 15, 2015

      Pope calls for cut in carbon emissions

      Pope Francis will call for a “drastic reduction” in carbon emissions and lash out against “economic powers” that are...

    11. June 15, 2015

      Former Vatican envoy Józef Wesołowski to stand trial for sex abuse

      The Vatican has indicted its former envoy to the Dominican Republic on charges of paedophilia, making him the highest...

    12. June 10, 2015

      Pope creates tribunal to judge cover-ups of sexual abuse

      Pope Francis took his most forceful step yet to tackle sexual abuse by clergy, approving the creation of a special...

    13. June 7, 2015

      Bacon auction proves increased demand for post-war British art

      He was an artist once left trailing in the saleroom stakes by glitzy American painters such as Andy Warhol, Roy...

    14. June 5, 2015

      Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician, 1936-2015

      As Saddam Hussein's chief propagandist and veteran foreign minister, Tariq Aziz cultivated an image of cigar-smoking...

    15. June 3, 2015

      Waiting for smoke on MSCI China A shares

      It is not quite like waiting for white smoke over the Vatican but, for anyone investing in emerging markets, it comes...

    16. May 26, 2015

      Vatican cardinal calls Irish gay vote ‘defeat for humanity’

      The Irish vote to allow gay marriage marked a “defeat for humanity”, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican...

    17. May 24, 2015

      Catholic Church under scrutiny

      Pope Francis’s clean up of the Catholic Church’s finances is extending far beyond the walls of Vatican City. In a first...

    18. May 19, 2015

      US tech group sues HP over Autonomy

      Hewlett-Packard was sued for $16.5m on Monday by a small US technology company that played a central part in some of...

    19. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Saudi Arabia claims it has the upper hand in the battle for oil dominance ....

    20. May 13, 2015

      Pope Francis to sign groundbreaking treaty with Palestinians

      The Vatican is set to sign a groundbreaking treaty with the Palestinian Authority, in a move that immediately triggered...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      May 13, 2015

      Cuddling the Pope

      Pope Francis hugs a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on...

    22. April 29, 2015

      Pope Francis criticises gender pay gap

      Pope Francis has criticised the “scandal” of pay disparities between men and women and said it is “chauvinism” to blame...

    23. April 28, 2015

      Pope to weigh in on climate change action

      A senior Vatican official has launched an attack on fossil fuels and urged wealthy nations to slash their carbon...

    24. April 24, 2015

      Elio Toaff, spiritual leader, 1915-2015

      Elio Toaff, who has died aged 99, doggedly pursued the cause of reconciliation between Catholics and Jews as chief...

    25. April 17, 2015

      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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. FT Alphaville

      April 13, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here Who saw that coming? Hillary Clinton on Sunday fired the starting gun on her...

    29. 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...

    30. FT Photo Diary

      April 2, 2015

      Chrism Mass

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

    31. 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...

    32. March 10, 2015

      NTT Data gives Vatican library treasures online showing

      A niche Japanese technology is behind a project to unleash online — for free with a click of the mouse — a rich...

    33. 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...

    34. 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. ...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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