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.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 8:56am

Church of Scotland votes by narrow majority to admit gay ministers

The Church of Scotland has narrowly voted to admit gay and lesbian ministers after traditionalists agreed to compromise after four years of division. The church's ruling general assembly voted to allow congregations to admit gay ministers but only if they specifically elect to do so, in a radical departure from more than 450 years of orthodoxy set in train by the protestant reformer John Knox.

22 May 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong Catholics have same-sex marriage fears after court ruling on transsexual

Dominic Chan says ethics should be considered. Photo: Oliver Tsang

Reverend Dominic Chan Chi-ming, the vicar-general of the Catholic Diocese, said he was concerned about the possibility of de facto same-sex marriage. Chan's remarks came as the church's publication, Kung Kao Po, in its latest issue yesterday warned that the court's ruling may "clash with the established concept of marriage".

20 May 2013 - 8:33am 14 comments

Hongkongers just want to be heard, says eminent Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

Followers of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh have come together in the city to attend a retreat and conference with him. Photo: May Tse

You can stop one protest for a time, but you can't stop another one from starting up if you don't deal with the problem, says an eminent Buddhist monk.

20 May 2013 - 3:15pm

Chinese project manager accused of abusing Koran in Kashmir

A Chinese manager was accused of desecrating Koran. Photo: Reuters

Lee Ping, administration manager of a Chinese consortium building the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project, was accused by Pakistani co-workers of throwing the Koran on the ground.

19 May 2013 - 8:06am

Scripture under the microscope

Scripture under the microscope

You've always thought of the Bible as an early science text. You'd like to compare its factual content with what modern experts have to say.

5 May 2013 - 4:10pm

Shanghai Catholic bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian dies at 96

Aloysius Jin Luxian

The long-serving bishop of Shanghai's state-run Catholic Church, Aloysius Jin Luxian , died of an unspecified illness yesterday, raising questions over who will succeed him.

28 Apr 2013 - 7:32am

Taoist priest spreads ancient wisdom

Hong Chen believes Taoism remains relevant. Photo: SCMP

The principal philosophy and religious traditions of Taoism, which incorporate elements of Buddhism, were established in China about 2,400 years ago. Yet even today, the lives of Taoists may still appear veiled in mystery to the casual observer. The latest official statistics indicate that there are more than 30,000 mainland sites dedicated to the religion.

14 Apr 2013 - 7:05am

Mystery Hong Kong woman gives Irish church 100,000 euros

St John's church in southwest Ireland. Photo: SMP

You could call it manna from heaven, a parish priest in Ireland got the shock of his life last week when a mystery woman from Hong Kong appeared on the doorstep of his church and handed him a €100,000 (HK$1 million) donation.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 4 comments

'Monkey King' actor fights to save temple

'Monkey King' actor fights to save temple

Mainland television actor Zhang Jinlai said he was speaking in his capacity as a performer when he appealed to state religious authorities to step in and block the destruction of the famed Xingjiao Temple in Shaanxi province.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 1 comment

Why are London barristers calling Hong Kong Treasure Island?

A burning issue on hold

We hear that the prosecutions division has agreed to record-breaking fees for British barrister David Perry QC, Joseph Tse SC and a team of junior barristers to prosecute next year's corruption trial of Rafael Hui Si-yan, Raymond Kwok Ping-luen and Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong, and two others, which could last for up to a year.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:02am 3 comments

Catholics pray for Pope Francis at first Sunday mass since inauguration

Worshippers at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception attend their first Sunday mass after the pope's inauguration. Photo: Felix Wong

Hundreds of local Catholics prayed for their new pontiff yesterday in the first Sunday mass at Hong Kong's historic cathedral in Central since Pope Francis took the helm of the Vatican a week ago.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Pope meets with Benedict in historic lunch

Pope Francis (left) yesterday embraces Benedict at Castel Gandolfo in Italy, where the latter lives in seclusion. Photo: AP

Pope Francis flew in to a papal residence near Rome yesterday for an unprecedented encounter with "pope emeritus" Benedict - the first time a pontiff has met his predecessor.

24 Mar 2013 - 9:14am

Book review: Merchant, Soldier, Sage, by David Priestland

David Priestland: "World on a course towards potential conflict."

In this concise but ambitious book, Oxford historian David Priestland sets himself the task of taking the long view of the financial crisis that afflicts the world today.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:42pm

Clashes as church in Indonesia is demolished

Indonesian congregation members of the Taman Sari Batak Christian Protestant Church stand in front of their church. Photo: AFP

Indonesian government workers demolished a church in front of its weeping congregation yesterday, as Muslim protesters egged them on and branded the Christians "infidels". Dozens in the 100-strong congregation wailed as a digger tore down the brick walls.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:01am