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Pope names first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha

Pope Benedict XVI named seven new saints on Sunday, including the first Native American, praising their “heroic courage” in a year when the Catholic Church is seeking to counter the rising tide of secularism in the West.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Auditorium proposed for under school ruins

A government proposal to build an auditorium underneath a site of archaeological interest in Central has raised fears that valuable relics will be destroyed.

Critics are also asking why such a specific proposal has been put forward when the government has yet to invite proposals from interested organisations on how to use the site.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

National pride inspires collector to donate HK$800m in relics

Chiu Tai-loy, 55, is the most prolific donor of historical relics to China since 1949. He has donated more than 60,000 artefacts since 1991 - conservatively valued at more than HK$800 million - to various mainland museums. Mr Chiu, a British-Chinese who lives in Guangdong, plans to donate more relics to Beijing's Old Summer Palace.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Auctioning history, France's shame

I was very angry when I heard that two valuable Chinese artefacts were being auctioned in Paris. The artefacts were bronze animal heads looted from the Old Summer Palace in 1860.

I think it is a disgrace for someone in France to make money out of selling another country's ancient relics without the permission of that country.

16 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing working to reclaim relics

In addition to businesspeople buying traditional Chinese works for themselves, the government and community groups are working to reclaim valued pieces.

Since the 1990s, the government has used intergovernmental treaties and customs regulations to reclaim about 3,000 traditional works spirited out of the country.

20 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Relic thefts surge despite crackdown

Insatiable world market for ancient artefacts has made tomb raiding an international concern, says senior official

China faces an uphill battle against rampant tomb raiding and relic thefts, which have surged despite repeated government crackdowns, according to a senior mainland official in charge of protection.

6 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Relics group seeks return of artefacts

A mainland group is planning to recover some of the thousands of national treasures held overseas, but is not saying which institutions or artefacts it will target.

14 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Mongkok relics trigger hunt for more sites

A team will study photographs and maps in search of future dig locations

The discovery of 2,000-year-old relics at a work site on the corner of Tung Choi and Soy streets has prompted an archaeological team to search Mongkok for other potential sites.

12 May 2004 - 12:00am

Nation is still losing historic treasures

Stolen antiquities are being smuggled out of the country each year at an alarming rate, a national conference on protecting cultural relics has been told.

Shan Jixiang, director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, told the meeting: 'The situation in China is very grave indeed,' according to Xinhua. The three-day meeting in Xian ended yesterday.

28 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Preserving China's heritage

David Anderson has benefited immensely from the absence of a regulatory framework on the mainland for the collection, distribution and sale of relics. Recently, he picked up a piece of jade believed to be more than 4,000 years old at an auction on - where else? - eBay. It cost US$66.

18 May 2003 - 12:00am