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Pope Francis leads the prayer to celebrate the Immaculate Conception in Piazza di Spagna in Rome yesterday. Since his election last March, the pope has tried to instigate a “clean-up” and a restructuring of the finances of the Holy See and the Vatican City state. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Are Italian finance police about to set up a checkpoint outside the Vatican’s Porta Santa Anna gate to stop people who have visited the Vatican Bank, (...)

Pope Francis  at  St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican yesterday.  The investigator says  the pope has asked his  council of cardinals to overhaul the entire structure of the Vatican, including a review of the its economic affairs.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

At first glance it sounds like a cliche any aspiring Dan Brown might concoct, that Pope Francis’s reforming zeal may have made him a target of the ’Nd(...)

Peter Sutherland:  will be involved in implementing any proposed reforms

Former attorney general Peter Sutherland will play a role in the ongoing process of curia reform instigated by Pope Francis.As a “consultor” to the Ad(...)

Pope Francis has said he wants his priests to become “pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials”. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Two days after a groundbreaking interview which many believe represents a break with 35 years of doctrinal intransigence from his predecessors, John P(...)

Pope Francis’s first visit outside Rome is to an island seen as a meeting point between Africa and Europe. Photograph: AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

In what is perhaps the clearest expression yet of his desire for a “church of the poor . . . and for the poor”, Pope Francis today visits the “boat pe(...)

John Paul II has been on a fast track to sainthood since his funeral in April 2005, when banners were displayed proclaiming “Santo subito”, or “Make him a saint immediately”. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

On what was a significant day in the pontificate of Pope Francis, the Holy See yesterday confirmed that the pope had approved the canonisation of two (...)

Pope Francis holds a dove before his Wednesday general audience at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican this week

In one of his most outspoken comments since his election two months ago, Pope Francis has called for worldwide “financial reform along ethical (...)

The sun sets behind St Peter's Basilica in St Peter's Square in the Vatican this evening. Cardinals are set to enter the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

The talking is over, it is now time to vote. The Cardinals this morning held their tenth and last “Congregazione Generale” prior to going into (...)

Black smoke billows out from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel indicating that the College of Cardinals have failed to elect a new Pope. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Thick black smoke billowed into the night sky from the Sistine Chapel's chimney tonight, signalling an inconclusive first vote in the conclave (...)

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