Holy See

Briefs, January 19, 2013

Hindu devotees bathe in the River Ganges. Photo: AFP

Pope Benedict has appointed the Holy See's first ambassador to Malaysia, 18 months after the two sides established diplomatic relations, Prime Minister Najib Razak said. The appointment of Archbishop Joseph Marino as the first Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia comes amid continued tensions between Christians and Muslims in the country. 

Saturday, 19 January, 2013, 2:52am

New trial in Vatican scandal offers insider look at Holy See's workings

Pope Benedict's top bodyguard and former butler Paolo Gabriele will testify at the trial of Vatican computer whiz Claudio Sciarpelletti. Photo: EPA

The trial this week of a Vatican computer whiz over his alleged role in an embarrassing scandal of filched confidential papal documents is offering a chance for an insider glimpse at the Holy See’s security workings. Among those expected to testify in the trial, which begins on Monday in a Vatican City tribunal, are the pope’s top bodyguard, a commander of the legendary Swiss Guards and a Vatican security official connected to an Italian company with expertise in detecting eavesdropping devices.

5 Nov 2012 - 2:43pm

Beijing, Holy See have held talks in recent weeks

Dialogue has been constructive but conflicts still unsettled: official

Beijing and Holy See officials have met in recent weeks in Rome to discuss the future of Sino-Vatican relations, the South China Morning Post has learned.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Shared ambition dashes hopes for Sino-Vatican ties

The Holy See severely criticised the recent ordination of two bishops on the mainland, hinting at their possible excommunication. Beijing simply repeated its official jargon that China respects religion but will not tolerate foreign interference in its internal affairs. The development is a blow to hopes for diplomatic relations in the near future.

10 May 2006 - 12:00am

Did you know?

Pope John Paul II will inaugurate his new Popemobile at the Catholic Church's World Youth Days celebration in Toronto on July 23. Mercedes-Benz, the supplier of cars to popes since 1930, has given the pontiff a new customised, bullet-proof Mercedes S500 with two telephones, a single rear seat, a reported top speed of 200km/h and an image of the Virgin Mary.

7 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Tragic

FATHER Jose Mario O Mandia did not merely offer us his litanies on the Pope from Roman Catholic literature (Sunday Morning Post, October 15), he also gave us a particular interpretation of scriptures and tradition that is contentious. The Pope has made pronouncements that are not ex cathedra.

5 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Blurred but holy encounter

THE Pope and the popemobile are gone. Atheist that I am, the cynical son of muddy Dutch dinosaurs, I miss the papal roadshow already.

17 Jan 1995 - 12:00am