Faith gives city hope for better future

Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong is at the crossroads of its political development. This is the best of times for democracy in this city, and the worst of times for a hitherto peaceful, stable society.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 2:11am

Limbless preacher tests Vietnam's religious freedoms

Nick Vujicic's message has resonance in a country blighted by disabilities after wartime US chemical bombardment. Photo: AFP

The 25,000 people at the soccer stadium and the millions more watching at home waited 90 minutes before the Australian evangelical preacher got to the message he had come to Communist-ruled Vietnam to deliver.

26 May 2013 - 8:56am

Dr York Chow: My faith won't hurt gay rights in Hong Kong

Dr York Chow Yat-ngok

Chow was responding to his critics for the first time since his appointment was announced on Tuesday. Many fear his religious beliefs will hold back the commission's work on advancing gay rights in Hong Kong.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:03am

York Chow confident of success in his Equal Opportunities Commission role

Doctor's cure for society's ills

It took the whole city by surprise when the government announced on Tuesday that former Secretary for Health and Welfare Dr York Chow Yat-ngok would head the Equal Opportunities Commission from April.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am

Tony Chan embraces Christianity, rejects fung shui and is now Peter

Former fung shui master Tony Chan is baptised by Pastor Lam Yee-lok at a church in Tsing Yi. The former adviser to late Chinachem billionaire Nina Wang faces charges of forging her will. He has renounced fung shui, saying it is the devil's work, and changed his name to Peter Chan to reflect his new belief. Photo: Crossroad Community Baptist Church

Weeks before appearing in court to face forgery charges, former self-styled fung shui master Chan Chun-chuen has renounced geomancy for Christianity. Chan was baptised at the Crossroad Community Baptist Church in Tsing Yi on Tuesday, after changing his name from Tony to Peter to symbolise a new life.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:35am 7 comments

Catholic Church's scandals no mere 'footnotes'

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

Many people know Paul Kennedy as the author of the bestselling The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Now, thanks to a poignant opinion piece in The New York Times, everyone knows he is a Catholic. He notes with irony that he is probably the only known practising Catholic professor at the very liberal Yale University. 

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, January 22, 2013

Japan's Shinzo Abe is taking a tough stand. Photo: EPA

C.Y. is much better than predecessor

22 Jan 2013 - 2:03am 3 comments

Leave theology out of public policy on homosexuality

Leave theology out of public policy on homosexuality

In Hong Kong's secular, plural society based on rule of law, private religious belief is a core individual freedom. But personal religious belief merits no primacy in the formation of public policy, in particular when it conflicts with the broader principle of legal equality for all citizens.

23 Jan 2013 - 7:19am 4 comments

Not Christian to reject gay rights

Hong Kong Pride Parade 2012 with this year's theme "Dare To Love" calling for equal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Photo: Nora Tam

When an angry mob was going to execute a woman caught in the act of adultery, Jesus taught them love and forgiveness by saying, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

19 Jan 2013 - 2:08am 4 comments

Christians are wrong, but not bigoted

Lawmaker Raymond Chan, flanked by singer-songwriter Anthony Wong and singer Denise Ho, lead Hong Kong Pride Parade. Photo: Nora Tam

Boy, I have never seen so many Christians in one place in my life, at least not in Hong Kong. But the gathering outside the government headquarters of mainly Protestant groups last Sunday united against granting gays and lesbians equal legal rights was an impressive and depressing sight. The Catholic Church has expressed similar opposition but did not appear to field many followers that day.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:22am 24 comments

The great faiths continue to provide a moral compass in cynical times

Christians pray during a Christmas mass. Photo: Xinhua

Christmas has come and Christmas has gone, but did anybody notice? That may be a silly thing to claim. We could not fail to notice the endlessly tinkling muzak playing in shopping malls worldwide, jabbering about angels singing on high, mummy kissing Santa Claus, and flying reindeer and other unlikely UFOs.

29 Dec 2012 - 1:45am

Pope calls on China's new leaders to respect religions

Pope Benedict XVI delivers the traditional Urbi et Orbi to some 40,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square. Photo: Reuters

Pope Benedict XVI called on China’s new leaders to “esteem the contributions of the religions” during his traditional Christmas message.

Speaking from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica in a message watched by millions around the world, the pontiff said on Tuesday that he hoped the new leaders would “help build a fraternal society for that noble people and of the whole world”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Between the lines: Keeping the faiths

Between the lines: Keeping the faiths

In the summer, I bought my elder daughter a chic pair of silver gladiator-styled sandals. When I showed them to her, she exclaimed, "Oh I looove them!" As visions of a budding fashionista danced in my head, she said, "I love them because Jesus has sandals just like these!"

31 Dec 2012 - 5:52pm

Good news for those of us of little faith

Robert Mugabe will run for Zimbabwe presidential election again next year. Photo: AFP

Just in time for Christmas, there was an uplifting story this week from an old acquaintance bravely hanging on in Zimbabwe, who wrote of a "cleansing ceremony" that was held in Harare's main cathedral on Sunday.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:09am

Dah Sing seeks career-building graduates

Dah Sing Life Assurance is looking to recruit more university graduates to fill their 2012 quota of employing about 200 new insurance consultants.

'By the end of June, we were on track, having recruited 110 consultants. We will continue to recruit more newcomers this year,' says Dicky P.T. Yu, head of training and development with Dah Sing Life Assurance.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am