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  1. Breaking the ice

    Posted Jul 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An exhibition of Vatican artefacts in Hong Kong has emerged as a possible means of improving relations between the Catholic Church and Beijing. How important is it to thaw Sino-Vatican relations? Share your views: write to us. ...

  2. Catholics offer to aid Vatican talks

    Posted Jul 13th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... if a proposed exhibition of Vatican artefacts were held in Hong Kong. Father Lawrence Lee Len, chancellor of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, said the local Catholic leadership would be willing to contact officials of the central government's liaison office if Vatican officials visited Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho ...

  3. Papal envoy on Taiwan mission to transit HK

    Posted Dec 01st 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Vatican actions seen as bid to pressure Beijing to restart diplomatic talks A Vatican official will make a brief transit stop in Hong Kong next week after leading ... renewal of Sino-Vatican diplomatic relations will harm the island's interests. Cardinal Sepe, who oversees the Vatican's worldwide missionary work, will be the most senior Vatican ...

  4. Vatican exhibition in HK 'a goodwill sign' to Beijing

    Posted Jul 12th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung A new opportunity to thaw frosty Sino-Vatican relations is emerging, as the Hong Kong government and the Holy See discuss an unprecedented exhibition of Vatican artefacts ... reached the stage of 'technical discussions' between curators from both sides. Dr Ho initiated meetings with officials overseeing the Vatican Museums during a business trip to Rome last ...

  5. Bid for full democracy backed by the Vatican

    Posted Nov 30th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Officials in Rome give Bishop Zen the go-ahead to proceed with his campaign Top Vatican officials have given their blessings for the Catholic Church in Hong Kong to lobby for the introduction of universal suffrage, Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun says. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano told Bishop Zen the Hong Kong diocese should persevere in defending principles ...

  6. Diplomatic headway to be made with show of relics

    Posted Jul 13th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It is no secret that the Vatican's relationship with Beijing has been strained for many years. The mainland leadership has long insisted on naming bishops to the Catholic Patriotic ... periodic harassment and detention by government authorities. And while Rome and Beijing may have held a few talks- with the Vatican even quietly recognising most of the Catholic Patriotic ...

  7. Bishop Zen to brief the Pope on HK

    Posted Aug 04th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Sino-Vatican relations are expected to be high on the agenda Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun will meet the Pope and is expected to brief him on what is happening in Hong Kong when he makes his first duty visit to the Vatican soon. A date for the trip has still to be decided but it will be the first duty call by a local Catholic leader to the Vatican since 1996. ...

  8. Mixing religion and politics

    Posted Dec 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching It is certainly good to learn that top Vatican officials have given their blessings for the Catholic Church in Hong Kong to lobby for the introduction of universal suffrage. ... an agent for the Vatican, but he merely said: 'We never asked for any instruction from the Vatican and the Vatican never gave any instruction.' The bishop returned last week from his ...

  9. Christmas Trivia

    Posted Dec 21st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 1. Which country issued the first Christmas stamp: Brazil, Vatican, Austria or Canada? 2. What is the most popular tree topper? 3. Traditionally, does the eldest or youngest family member open the first present? 4. When did flashing Christmas lights debut, 1930s or 1950s? 5. What is the main ingredient in gingerbread cookies: flour, ginger or molasses? 6. Traditionally, what ...

  10. Power of prayer

    Posted Sep 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... Clergy from Vatican-approved 'underground' and state-approved 'official' Catholic churches are gradually merging in a trend that worries Beijing, writes Paul Mooney ... by the Bishop's Conference of the Catholic Church in China, a body not recognised by the Vatican. The officials were shocked, and local Catholics amazed, however, when the newly consecrated bishop boldly ...




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