Chinese bishops see new pope as chance to mend rift with Vatican

Chinese bishops see new pope as chance to mend rift with Vatican

As cardinals begin their deliberations to choose a new pope to lead the Roman Catholic Church, mainland bishops say they hope Beijing and the Vatican can repair strained relations.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 5:25am

Cardinals begin pre-conclave talks in Vatican

A street actor performs as the late Pope John Paul II at Piazza Navona in Rome. Photo: Reuters

Catholic cardinals begin talks on Monday ahead of a conclave to elect the next pope, following Benedict XVI’s historic resignation, as a British cardinal not in attendance admitted to sexual misconduct with priests.

Scotland’s Keith O’Brien recused himself last month after allegations dating back to the 1980s surfaced.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Could a non-European be a future pope?

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful for the last time from the balcony of his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Photo: Reuters

As cardinals from around the world gather in Rome to select the next pope, they must be cognizant of growing voices for a non-European to head the Roman Catholic Church. Profound shifts in the nationalities of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics mean the church's best hopes for growth lie in the developing world.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

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

Ten Popes Who Shook the World

Ten Popes Who Shook the World by Eamon Duffy Yale University Press

Eamon Duffy, a Cambridge University professor of history, tells the story of 10 of the 262 popes, underlining that they are not the best nor the most influential but that they neatly illustrate aspects of 'the world's most ancient and durable religious institution'.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Midway into our meeting on the balcony of a top-floor suite on Cannes' Croisette Boulevard, Nanni Moretti suddenly stands up and announces he has to visit the toilet. As the Italian filmmaker tries to open the balcony door, his interpreter laughs. 'He's human too,' she says.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

A pilgrim's radiant progress

Benedict XVI is the antithesis of a pop star - elderly, shy, set in his ways, even finding it hard to hold a note. Yet in Britain last week he received massive, pop-star like adulation, with successive crowds of 120,000 lining the streets of Edinburgh merely to watch him pass by, 60,000 for mass in Glasgow, 80,000 in London's Hyde Park for a prayer vigil.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Pope George and the Cardinals convince band competition judges 'we know better'

One event that almost went unnoticed amid all the noise of the holidays was the finals of the SoundBase Acoustic Band Competition, which was held at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre before Christmas. It was the tenth anniversary of the unplugged amateur music contest, presented by Tom Lee Music.

5 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Q. So you think you know pop culture...


1. What did Sherlock Holmes keep in the toe of his Persian slippers?

2. Which Welsh poet said, 'An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do'?

3. Which two-word inscription is printed on the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report 'First Beijing-selected bishop dies' on Page 8 of last week's Sunday Morning Post incorrectly stated that Wuhan bishop Dong Guangqing, unilaterally ordained by the official mainland Catholic church in 1958 without Vatican approval, was not recognised by the Vatican. Bishop Dong received Pope John Paul II's approval in 1985.

20 May 2007 - 12:00am

Thou shall laugh a bit, too

Pope Benedict returned from Turkey last week with his reputation greatly enhanced. He showed political skill and even charm in dealing with the politicians and the imams in the secular, but 99 per cent Muslim, nation.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Pope calls for end to tragedy

Pope Benedict yesterday joined calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East to end a crisis he described as 'ever more tragic'.

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

In Rome 2005


Ends Aug 23

What would it take for someone to stand in line for 12 hours? A free airline ticket? Front row seats to their favourite band? Or, perhaps, the death of Pope John Paul II.

11 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

New pope will need Benedict's diplomacy

The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new leader of the Catholic Church will bring continuity - and controversy.

He was a close friend of the late Pope John Paul II and was regarded as his right-hand man. The two men shared similar conservative religious beliefs. And the German cardinal is an experienced member of the Vatican's bureaucracy.

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Faithful relieved at end to suffering

Thousands attend special prayers in cathedral Mass

Hong Kong Catholics, although saddened by the Pope's death, said they were relieved that his suffering had been brought to an end.

Tens of thousands of Catholics said special prayers for the pontiff when they attended Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Caine Road.

4 Apr 2005 - 12:00am