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  1. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    Limbless preacher tests Vietnam's religious freedoms

    Posted May 26th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... of overcoming adversity. Yet Vujicic's appearance is a sign of how a government that once severely restricted religion as a challenge to its authoritarian one-party rule is now taking a slightly ... cent Christian and 16 per cent Buddhist, while about 45 per cent of Vietnamese belong to indigenous religions, according to the 2010 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Vietnam's ...

  2. The grand inquisitor is at it again

    Posted Jan 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com The Grand Inquisitor, in Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov, is bent on executing Christ once he has ascertained this really is Jesus in the Second Coming. When you review Pope Benedict's career, you wonder if yo ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Catholic Church's scandals no mere 'footnotes'

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Catholic scandals no mere 'footnotes' Many people know Paul Kennedy as the author of the bestselling The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers . Now, thanks to a poignant opinion piece in The New York Times , everyon ...

  4. Bishops as pawns?

    Posted Dec 29th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the limitations imposed on their freedom of religion and conscience but... may keep alive the flame of hope.' The papal message is the latest indication that all is not well between the Catholic ... the Vatican of violating freedom of religion by interfering in the affairs of the state-run church. The Chinese government seems unwilling to accept the biblical injunction to 'render unto Caesar ...

  5. Letters

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bible displays neither unity of style nor internal consistency I am writing to address the issues raised by William Meacham ('Evidence shows Gospel writers knew Jesus', October 31). Your correspondent says that the 'scholarly consensus that ...

  6. The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

    Posted Jan 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Charnaine Chan The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault Shambhala, HK$136 She was 'the apostle to the apostles', some believe Jesus Christ's most important disciple. And yet, writes Cynthia Bourgeault, in conservative Christian c ...

  7. Papal regrets over ordination

    Posted Nov 25th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The Vatican is questioning the validity of Beijing's unilateral ordination of a mainland bishop last week without papal approval, saying the act has caused Pope Benedict 'deep regret' and damaged Sino-Vatican dialogue. In a st ...

  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - BETWEEN THE LINES

    Between the lines: Keeping the faiths

    Posted Dec 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Annie Ho

    ... Annie Ho familypost@scmp.com Keeping the faiths In the summer, I bought my elder daughter a chic pair of silver gladiator-styled sandals. When I showed them to her, she exclaimed, "Oh I looove them!" As visions of a budding fashionista danced in ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The great faiths continue to provide a moral compass in cynical times

    Posted Dec 29th 2012, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Kevin Rafferty finds solace in his faith as a foil to the consumer age The consolations of religion in a world of WinterFest Christmas has come and Christmas has gone, ... It is seventh in the world in terms of unbelief, according to international surveys: only 22 per cent of the population say that religion has any part to play in their daily lives. Estonia ...

  10. Divine vision in an unholy mess

    Posted Jul 11th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Of all the criticisms and critiques of the state of the world after the financial crisis that triggered the global recession, the most devastating and yet most profound and constructive came this week from such an unusual and unlikely sourc ...




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