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  1. April 18, 2014

    How St Peter’s is given the Dutch touch with its Easter flowers

    On Easter Sunday, an altar will rise by electronic miracle from a platform before the main door of St Peter’s. On it, Pope...

  2. April 14, 2014

    Papal mediator put to test as Venezuela peace talks resume

    When Pietro Parolin was appointed last year by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s secretary of state, the Cardinal said he had...

  1. FT Photo Diary

    April 2, 2014

    Nuns attend the Pope's weekly audience

    Gabriel Bouys/AFP Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    March 27, 2014

    An exchange of gifts at the Vatican

    Gabriel Bouys/AP Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts at the Vatican on Thursday. It is their first...

  3. March 27, 2014

    Pope Francis meets Barack Obama for first time in gridlocked Rome

    Pope Francis and Barack Obama have met for the first time, with the US president’s state visit to the Vatican expected to...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    March 27, 2014

    Obama arriving at The Vatican

    Franco Origlia/Getty US President Barack Obama arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for a meeting with Pope Francis in...

  5. March 26, 2014

    Pope Francis accepts resignation of German ‘bishop of bling’

    Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of the so-called “bishop of bling”, the German prelate who has faced...

  6. FT Photo Diary

    March 26, 2014

    Waiting for Papa

    Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on...

  7. March 20, 2014

    Vatican diplomacy could be Venezuela’s salvation

    At least 30 people have died in Venezuela in the street protests between pro and anti-government supporters of the past...

  8. March 18, 2014

    Holy hand seen in Argentine president’s conversion

    Much has changed in Argentina since the uncomfortable moment a year ago when President Cristina Fernández first publicly...

  9. FT Photo Diary

    February 26, 2014

    Mini pope

    Alessandra Tarantino/AP Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed as a pope, during Pope...

  10. February 24, 2014

    Pope decrees sweeping overhaul of Vatican’s financial system

    Pope Francis has ordered a sweeping overhaul of the Vatican’s financial system, establishing a powerful secretariat for the...

  11. February 23, 2014

    Giovanni Bazoli, chairman, Intesa Sanpaolo

    In the darkest hour of Italy’s modern banking system, the Catholic banker Roberto Calvi was found dead, hanging under...

  12. February 18, 2014

    Let schools compete and students will be winners

    Put a child of a cleaner from Shanghai or Singapore up against a scion of the western elite in a standardised test and guess...

  13. February 14, 2014

    The Dark Box, by John Cornwell

    The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession, by John Cornwell, Profile, RRP£16.99/Basic Books, RRP$27.99, 320 pages John...

  14. February 5, 2014

    UN tells Vatican to remove all paedophile clergy

    A United Nations committee has accused the Vatican of failing to address adequately the widespread abuse of children and has...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    February 5, 2014

    Pope Francis meets the bishops

    Alessandra Tarantino/AP Pope Francis meets bishops at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the...

  16. January 24, 2014

    Pressure grows on François Hollande to respond to affair claims

    Two weeks after revelations that he was apparently having an affair with a film actress, French president François Hollande...

  17. January 21, 2014

    Ireland to reopen Vatican embassy closed amid abuse scandal

    Ireland is to reopen its Vatican embassy more than two years after it was shut in a diplomatic dispute over a child abuse...

  18. January 21, 2014

    Former Vatican accountant charged with money laundering

    Italian authorities have brought money laundering charges against a priest who formerly worked as a senior accountant for...

  19. FT Photo Diary

    January 8, 2014

    Greetings from the Pope

    Gabriel Bouys/AFP Pope Francis waves to visitors as he arrives at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his weekly general...

  20. January 6, 2014

    An ever closer call for Britain’s union

    The day the union between England and Scotland came into force, May 1 1707, was marked by a gruesome event in Edinburgh....

  21. FT Photo Diary

    January 6, 2014

    Pope Francis prepares for Epiphany mass

    Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican,...

  22. December 29, 2013

    The remarkable figure of Pope Francis

    In the course of 2013, no figure has caught the imagination of people across the world more than Pope Francis. When he was...

  23. December 22, 2013

    World diary: December 23 - December 29

    • Companies week ahead • Economic Outlook: Recovery watchers keep eye on inflation • See a full guide to the week’s Economic...

  24. December 9, 2013

    Vatican makes ‘very good’ progress combating money laundering

    Efforts by the Vatican to comply with international standards on financial transparency have received a positive assessment...

  25. December 6, 2013

    Call to account: FT probe of Vatican Bank

    The Vatican bank is closing hundreds of accounts after coming under pressure from the world’s biggest financial institutions...

  26. December 6, 2013

    UK Austerity Audit

    On June 28 this year, Italian police arrested a silver-haired priest, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, in Rome. The cleric,...

  27. FT Photo Diary

    December 5, 2013

    Christmas comes to the Vatican

    Reuters/Stefano Rellandini Two nuns look on as workers erect a Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The tree...

  28. November 29, 2013

    Science: astronomy’s new ice age

    One of the world’s strangest astronomical observatories, based on a cubic kilometre of Antarctic ice, has opened a new...

  29. November 29, 2013

    White is the new gold – if you want it to be

    I remember it was a Friday night,” says Jeremy Ashbee on receiving the news that would make him question his attitude...

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    November 24, 2013

    The week ahead: Nov 25-30

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Putin visits the Pope and the EU eastern partnership summit in Lithuania: Georgia and...

  31. October 23, 2013

    Pope Francis suspends Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’

    A German cleric dubbed in the media as the “bishop of bling” has been suspended from his diocese on the orders of Pope...

  32. October 21, 2013

    Pope summons Germany’s ‘bishop of bling’ over spending uproar

    A senior German cleric dubbed the “bishop of bling” in the media has met Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss the uproar...

  33. October 18, 2013

    The Diary: Randy Boyagoda

    Seven days in Rome: day one, passport control, you look for the hidden camera because the officer who flicks a finger at you...

  34. FT Photo Diary

    October 9, 2013

    Blessings in the rain

    FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Pope Francis blesses and waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly open-air...

  35. October 4, 2013

    Vatican Bank: amen corner

    If the Vatican Bank were heading for a stock market listing, it would be a screaming buy. Its managers can talk the talk....

  36. FT Photo Diary

    October 2, 2013

    Wave from Pope Francis

    Giampiero Sposito/Reuters Pope Francis waves to the crowd after leading the weekly audience in St Peter’s Square at the...

  37. October 1, 2013

    Scandal-hit Vatican bank publishes accounts for first time

    The Catholic Church took another significant step towards greater financial transparency and accountability on Tuesday, when...

  38. September 27, 2013

    The new Pope is bringing glasnost to the Vatican

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio, almost unknown to the world before his ascent this spring to the chair of Saint Peter after the...

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