Shanghai Catholic bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian dies at 96

Aloysius Jin Luxian

The long-serving bishop of Shanghai's state-run Catholic Church, Aloysius Jin Luxian , died of an unspecified illness yesterday, raising questions over who will succeed him.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 7:32am

Vatican slams Chinese official church in bishop row

Savio HON Tai-fai. Photo: David Wong

The Vatican slammed China’s state-run Catholic church on Thursday for stripping a bishop of his title, insisting the move “has no legal value whatsoever” and the prelate will remain in his post.

14 Dec 2012 - 12:25am

Two settings at Bishop Ding Guangxun's funeral reflect his life

People attend the funeral of Bishop Ding Guangxun, a controversial religious and political figure.

The complex life of Bishop Ding Guangxun, who died last week aged 97, was perfectly illustrated at his funeral on Tuesday.

A controversial figure with both religious and political roles, he was the head of the mainland's state-sanctioned Protestant church and also "a close friend of the Communist Party".

29 Nov 2012 - 5:01am


Church right to ordain own bishops

Emperor Constantine legitimised Christianity in the 4th century and dominated Christendom.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fears for new bishop after 'defection'

The new auxiliary bishop of Shanghai's Catholic diocese, Thaddeus Ma Daqin, has not been seen in public and is banned from carrying out his duties since announcing on Saturday that he was quitting the government-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Church and state divide

On June 29. Beijing ordained Father Paul Lei Shiyin as the bishop of Leshan, Sichuan province, ignoring warnings from Pope Benedict that the priest was unacceptable for 'proven and very grave reasons'.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Political Animal

Identity of Nobel Institute hackers a mystery

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The story headlined 'Zen's Shanghai visit part of Beijing charm offensive aimed at Vatican' on Saturday incorrectly stated Joseph Xing Wenzhi's official title as assistant bishop. It should be auxiliary bishop. The error was introduced in the editing process.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Renaissance period

As we gear up for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's penultimate policy address, political parties have handed in over 1,000 policy recommendations. I don't have a list showing how Tsang should run the government in his remaining 18 months as chief executive. But I do have a message to share with him.

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Notes from the dorm

Backspace, control, alt, delete: this is the never- ending rhythm of the infamous process of applying to a Canadian university.

Pop by the library and you will find row upon row of graduating students at Bishop Strachan peering over their laptops.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

HK$800m facelift for Anglican Church's HQ

The Anglican Church is planning a facelift of its headquarters in Central under which four historic buildings will be converted into a museum and gallery, opening up the solemn and long-enclosed site to the public.

23 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Letters from the dorm

It's the weekend, finally. One text message, two Skype discussions and a misleading conversation over the telephone have left me clueless as to what to do for the next two days.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Letters from the dorm

It's grey and it smells like an old castle - and it's where I'm studying. I tug at my uniform: a crisp, white, collared shirt, striped tie and boxy skirt. Welcome to Bishop Strachan - the oldest girls' school in Canada.

22 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Keeper of the faith

After a solemn ceremony and a blessing of those who attended Mass on Sunday to mark his appointment as leader-in-waiting of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, Coadjutor Bishop John Tong Hon explained why he had remained in the shadows for almost a decade over social and political issues.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Bishop seeks closer mainland ties

The newly appointed coadjutor bishop of Hong Kong offered an olive branch to the mainland church yesterday, saying he would like to help in seeking closer ties with Catholics in both the state-controlled and underground church communities.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am