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Religion

Muslims see new hope of dialogue with Catholic Church

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

A pope who has failed to connect with the modern world

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

Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

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

Tens of millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival

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

Indonesia Islam leaders stir row over 'Buddhist' Chinese New Year

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

The comfort of religion without God

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

Russians in Hong Kong prepare for Christmas celebrations

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

Church of England to allow gay bishops in civil partnerships

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

Mosques needed in New Territories, says Islamic expert

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

The great faiths continue to provide a moral compass in cynical times

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