Papal election sparks frenzy of betting and adopt-a-cardinal

Italian cardinal Angelo Scola

As the Catholic Church prepares to elect a pope, some irreverent souls are betting on the outcome while more religious-minded ones are "adopting" individual cardinals on a website to pray that they make the right choice.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 7:31am

Bishop Tong joins Zen as HK cardinal

Hong Kong's Bishop John Tong Hon has been named one of 22 new cardinals by Pope Benedict, highlighting the significance of the city in the Vatican's push to extend its influence in China.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Cardinal looks to mainland role

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun will stay on as Bishop of Hong Kong, after Pope Benedict declined his repeated requests for retirement. But the Pope also reaffirmed his earlier desire for Cardinal Zen, 75, 'to do whatever' he can to collaborate with the Holy See and take part in affairs concerning the mainland church.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

A cardinal for all Chinese

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun leads a Mass attended by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, leaders of other religions, and more than 1,500 Catholics last night. More than 200 priests celebrated Mass at the cathedral in Caine Road. In his homily, Cardinal Zen said his recent elevation from bishop was for all Chinese.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Catholics welcome bishop's elevation

Most see the likely move as recognition of his social stance

Catholics in Hong Kong yesterday rejoiced at the news that diocesan leader Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is likely to be elevated to cardinal, saying this would be recognition of the cleric's stance on social justice and an honour for the church in Hong Kong.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

New book describes Pope's dream of China visit

Pope John Paul has expressed his affection for mainland Catholics on 51 occasions and even sent a long letter to Deng Xiaoping in 1983 which went unanswered, according to a recent book by a papal troubleshooter.

13 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Cardinal farewelled

Priests conduct a service at the Catholic Cathedral in Caine Road yesterday in honour of Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pinmei, who died on Sunday aged 98. Cardinal Kung spent 30 years in a mainland prison for his defiance of the official church. He succumbed to stomach cancer at his nephew's home in the United States.

16 Mar 2000 - 12:00am