Pope ousts donkey and ox from the Christmas story

Donkey and ox are latecomers to the manger, says Pope Benedict.

As Christians around the world start thinking about setting up nativity scenes for Christmas, the pope has pointed out that the ox and the donkey - regular fixtures around the manger - are latter-day inventions nowhere to be seen in the gospels.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:08am

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman Canongate (enhanced e-book)

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Paris-based artist explores loneliness in debut HK show

Paris-based Chinese artist Li Tianbing is no stranger to Hong Kong. He's been involved in several group exhibitions here, including one at the Hong Kong International Art Fair. But his debut solo exhibition in the city is a new experience.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Now read his reworked version of the story

Last Sunday, Mary was feeling bored so she decided to go shopping. On her way to Old Town Plaza, she saw there were a lot of policemen in the streets. Mary thought some big sports or music event must be going on.

Near the plaza, a shop called Crazy Shoes caught her attention. That day the shop was having a sale, so the prices of their shoes were reduced.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

How generous were the wise men really?

St Matthew tells us that the first people to give presents at Christmas time were 'wise men from the east' who came following a star in search of a new-born king of the Jews. On finally locating the baby Jesus in Bethlehem, they fell down and worshipped him, honouring him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

We're missing the message

Christmas is a festival that most of the world celebrates. You have only to go to a glitzy shopping mall almost anywhere, from Hong Kong and the mainland to Japan and India, Europe and, of course, the US, to see the glittering lights, images of Santa and the exhortations to buy and be merry.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Bland version of Christmas story

A RETELLING of the story of the Virgin Mary and Joseph undertaking the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, The Nativity Story is a perfect film - but only in terms of its being a direct version from book to film.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Slice of life

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1961

A bill to provide for the establishment of an Immigration Service was introduced in the Legislative Council.

The department would simplify and improve procedures governing entry to and departure from the colony and make enforcement of the procedures the duty of a select body of officers.

20 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The Shingo code

It is not mentioned in the book or the film, but a tiny village in northern Japan is expecting a large windfall from the big-screen blockbuster, The Da Vinci Code. Shingo is the last resting place of Jesus Christ, while the garlic farmer who owns the land claims he is the direct descendant of the son of God.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The Sins of Scripture

The Sins of Scripture: Exposing The Bible's Texts Of Hate To Reveal The Love Of God

by John Shelby

Spong HarperCollins, $195

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the letter 'Hiding behind Jesus' published on Tuesday, one paragraph should have read: 'This does not mean individuals are without virtue, but rather that their position does not fit with Christianity.' The error was introduced in the editing process.

7 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

The Messiah Code

The Messiah Code

by Michael Cordy

Avon $76

12 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Passion about Passion drives online merchandising

If you've been caught up in the feverish buzz surrounding Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, then perhaps you're looking for a little something to express your devotion - both to the film and the Messiah.

12 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

The Passion of the Christ

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Hristo Jivkov

Director: Mel Gibson

Category: III

By sheer weight of media coverage, Mel Gibson's production has become the film everyone simply has to see. Whether this was by accident or design is debatable. What's beyond doubt is that you go into the cinema with a few things on your mind.

1 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Sect finds jail rather than Jesus

Nearly 300 members of a Christian sect who believed the world was about to end dressed in new clothes, barricaded themselves in a church in the west Java city of Bandung and waited for Jesus Christ to come to their rescue.

11 Nov 2003 - 12:00am