Exposed in the West, the pope looks East

His organisation lords it over 1.3 billion souls. Authoritarian and unconstrained by electoral cycles, it is sometimes credited with the mythical ability to plan years, if not decades, ahead.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012, 12:00am


Obedience by Jacqueline Yallop Grove Atlantic (e-book)

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Aid to struggling children's refuge blocked

A choking stench fills the air of a home for abandoned, disabled children in Jinzhou in Hebei province .

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Nuns haunted by attack in land dispute

Catholic nun Cheng Jing sees spots before her eyes, and the vision in her right eye is so poor objects held at arm's length are blurred. It has been that way since she and 16 other nuns were beaten by thugs during a land dispute in Xian last November.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Nasty old nun

That nasty codger,

who is a nun,

But actually, she is a mum!

She strays around,

With her fireless gun.

Waling on toes,

Drinking from bowls.

Steals red rum,

From that smelly old slum.

She's back to her garden,

But it is very silent,

The other nuns,

23 Mar 2001 - 12:00am