But improved ties between the church and Al-Azhar, the premier seat of Sunni Muslim learning, would depend on the next pope's approach to the Muslim world, the clerics said.Thursday, 14 February, 2013, 4:02am
Benedict was the most intelligent man to be pope in centuries, probably the best theologian, a wonderful writer, and personally charming; but as both cardinal and pope, he was burdened by his lofty view of the responsibilities of office.14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am 2 comments
Religion is probably not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking of Hong Kong. But for the three of us, as leaders in our respective religious communities, religion defines Hong Kong.12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am
Ash-smeared naked saints led the ritual bathing before dawn - which is said to cleanse pilgrims of their sins - with millions following them into the swirling river waters at the festival site in Allahabad in northern India.10 Feb 2013 - 1:50pm
As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims.10 Feb 2013 - 12:24pm 2 comments
Stanford University has a new chaplain for atheists and agnostics. This comes after Harvard University and the US military introduced - how shall I put it - non-religious religious services for non-believers who may still seek the comfort and benefits of real religion.21 Jan 2013 - 5:45am 11 comments
Just when you thought Christmas was over, a small but growing community in the city is busy preparing for their own celebration tomorrow - that of the Russian Orthodox Christmas.
January 7 is Christmas in Russia because of differences between the Gregorian and Julian calendars.6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am
The Church of England has dropped its opposition to gay clergymen in civil partnerships becoming bishops, provided the men concerned promise to remain celibate, it confirmed on Friday.5 Jan 2013 - 9:56am
Hong Kong should build more mosques and community centres for its growing Muslim population, an Islamic organisation said yesterday.
Khan Muhammad Malik, chairman of the Federation of Muslim Association in Hong Kong, noted that while the Islamic population had grown five-fold in the past five decades the number of mosques in the city had remained the same.3 Jan 2013 - 9:53am
Christmas has come and Christmas has gone, but did anybody notice? That may be a silly thing to claim. We could not fail to notice the endlessly tinkling muzak playing in shopping malls worldwide, jabbering about angels singing on high, mummy kissing Santa Claus, and flying reindeer and other unlikely UFOs.29 Dec 2012 - 1:45am
Pope Benedict XVI called on China’s new leaders to “esteem the contributions of the religions” during his traditional Christmas message.
Speaking from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica in a message watched by millions around the world, the pontiff said on Tuesday that he hoped the new leaders would “help build a fraternal society for that noble people and of the whole world”.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
In the summer, I bought my elder daughter a chic pair of silver gladiator-styled sandals. When I showed them to her, she exclaimed, "Oh I looove them!" As visions of a budding fashionista danced in my head, she said, "I love them because Jesus has sandals just like these!"31 Dec 2012 - 5:52pm
Just in time for Christmas, there was an uplifting story this week from an old acquaintance bravely hanging on in Zimbabwe, who wrote of a "cleansing ceremony" that was held in Harare's main cathedral on Sunday.19 Dec 2012 - 4:09am
St John's Cathedral is to hold its first Blue Christmas Service this evening for those mourning a loss this festive season.
The cathedral's dean said Christmas could be an emotional time for people who are missing someone.16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am
Christians could be in a minority in England and Wales by 2018, according to analysis of the latest census results, which have revealed a fall of more than four million in the number of people who describe themselves as adhering to the faith.13 Dec 2012 - 5:05am