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  1. News - World

    Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem

    Posted Dec 25th 2013, 09:43am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vatican City Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, ... self-seeking, then darkness falls within us," said Francis, who has shaken up the papacy with his humble style and has promised to reform the Vatican. Francis has repeatedly warned about rising ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 04:22am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... First Christmas at the Vatican for Francis Pope Francis celebrates his first midnight mass at the Vatican, nine months after the Argentinian took over as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Many believe that the 77-year-old pontiff is living up to the ideals of his namesake, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Bah, humbug to critics of the pope

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 04:22am by Hari Kumar

    ... Hari Kumar hari.kumar@scmp.com Bah, humbug to critics of the pope With the tree in place and gifts all wrapped, I guess we are all waiting for the arrival of dear old Santa. The old dude in the red coat is generally welcomed everywhere even if you are not into religion. But I can't say if the man in the white frock from the Vatican will get a similar welcome, even from ...

  4. Sport - CRICKET

    Anglicans and Catholics padding up for 'holy war'

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 09:55pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters Anglicans and Catholics padding up for 'holy war' Let the holy war begin. The holy war of cricket, that is. The Church of England has formally taken up the Vatican's challenge to settle scores on the cricket pitch nearly 500 years after the two churches split. Last October, the Vatican formed the St Peter's Cricket Club, a league composed of teams ...

  5. News - World - VATICAN

    Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 08:29pm by Associated Press at the Vatican

    ... Associated Press at the Vatican In his Christmas message to the administrators of the Catholic Church the pontiff warned against gossip and inward-looking perspectives Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators on Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 04:35am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... Pope prepares to address Vatican Curia Pope Francis, the pontiff with the popular touch, will today give his year-end address to the Vatican Curia, the very bureaucracy that he's targeting in his reform efforts. Heads have already started to roll, but it's been a gradual ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Catholic Cardinal John Tong Hon has more tolerant tone towards gays now

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 04:35am by Alex Lo

    ... gay marriages too overtly. Homosexuality has been a taboo topic in the Vatican for generations and priests could only openly discuss the subject by denouncing it. That has opened the church ... doctrinal change for an inherently ancient and conservative institution like the Vatican is difficult. The best that can be hoped for is that the new pope, through persistence, will prepare ...

  8. News - World - MEDIA

    Time magazine names new pope Francis its Person of the Year

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 01:29am by AP

    ... over at the Vatican, he has urged the Catholic Church not to be obsessed with "small-minded rules" and to emphasise compassion over condemnation in dealing with controversial topics ... largest institutions in an extraordinary way," said Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor. The Vatican said the honour wasn't surprising given the resonance in the general ...

  9. News - World - THE VATICAN

    Pope Francis to set up special committee on sexual abuse

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 10:48pm by GDN, Reuters

    ... O'Malley, announced yesterday. The move is Francis' first major step to address the crisis that has discredited the church, in the face of charges the Vatican has not done enough to protect ... and provide mental health care to victims. This came as the Vatican came under fire for refusing to give a UN panel information it requested on clerical sex abuse, saying it was part of its ...




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