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  1. Unholy row exposes lack of humour

    Posted Nov 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Why is the Vatican getting all hot under the collar over Benetton's fake photo of the pope kissing Egypt's leading imam? It's certainly provocative, ... Erich Honecker. But it appears the wrath of the Vatican was too much for the Italian clothing giant. The ad depicting the pope and the imam was pulled almost as soon as it was put up. Benetton ...

  2. Vatican gives China expert key overseas mission

    Posted May 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip In a move seen as a bid to rekindle ties with Beijing, this week the Vatican appointed China expert Archbishop Fernando Filoni head of the body overseeing the church's ... in countries where Catholicism is being developed. Filoni spent nine years in Hong Kong as an unofficial envoy for the Vatican between 1992 and 2001. He was credited as acting as a link between ...

  3. A church turning inwards

    Posted Mar 12th 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Is the Vatican catholic, or even Christian in its behaviour? The question deserves to be asked after the underhand way that a leading Catholic lay official was effectively sacked by senior Vatican clerics. The unanswered question is whether Pope Benedict himself knew and approved of the sacking. The immediate victim was Lesley-Anne Knight, secretary general ...

  4. Late pope's relic finds home in HK

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong and Olga Wong A lock of hair from the late Pope John Paul II will be kept permanently at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Caine Road, after the Vatican approved ... bishops. The relic came months after Sino-Vatican ties soured, with the Vatican excommunicating mainland bishops ordained by the Chinese state-run church without papal approval. It took just one ...

  5. Church and state divide

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... for 'proven and very grave reasons'. While the Vatican has never announced the reason for Lei's unacceptability, Catholic media have reported that he fathered a child with a woman with whom ... in the Catholic world would he have become a bishop,' said Gerard O'Connell, who writes for the Vatican Insider, a website run by La Stampa, a daily Italian newspaper, but Beijing officials ...

  6. Cannes

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... a strength to recognise your own weakness.' Piccoli's Cardinal Melville knows this all too well: when his colleagues head out to the Vatican balcony to tell the gathering crowd that a new ... me! I can't do this,' as he races away to hide in an empty room in the vast complex of the Vatican. Unable to pinpoint a physical ailment and in urgent need to present the new papa ...

  7. Who said it?

    Posted Jul 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... At this moment, it's a war Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun on the Vatican's conflict with the mainland Catholic Church As chief executive of the company, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place Rebekah Brooks in her resignation letter Any small matter can spark off a huge ...

  8. Catholics facing dangerous rift as illicit bishops turn to government

    Posted Aug 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Paul Mooney Although there have been rumours of a reconciliation between the Vatican and the Catholic Church in China for many years, Ren Yanli, the former head of the Christian Studies ... with the Vatican,' said Ren, who obtained a doctorate from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, in 2001. 'It never said that- it was just the Vatican [that wanted to restore ...

  9. Six degrees

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... a few months later, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, at the Vatican... The Vatican has had a hard time of it in recent years, what with all the sexual abuse scandals. Adding to its woes, in 2010 the Italian press published transcripts of conversations between one of the Pope's close aides and a member of the Vatican choir that allegedly revealed them to be involved in a gay ...

  10. Papal audience makes for heavenly holiday

    Posted Mar 16th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... But while LHW describes the audience with the pontiff as 'private', tickets are available free for any visitors to the Vatican. Hotel Hassler Roma books tickets on behalf of guests, but the general public can book their own by writing to the Prefecture of the Papal Household in Vatican City or using websites that offer a free booking service. Audiences with the Pope take place almost ...




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