CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Focus on the God we have in common say young Christian people

 

Hong Kong (UCAN): More than 30 young people from different Christian denominations came together at the Diocesan Retreat House from January 11 to 13 for  a gathering organised by the Catholic Diocesan Youth Commission, to share their thoughts on the subject of ecumenism and express their solidarity.

The retreat was held ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and was open to young people from Anglican, Pentecostal, Catholic and other Christian denominations, giving them an opportunity to share their faith and experiences. 

Father Paul Kam Po-wai, chairperson of the youth commission, said the occasion presented a rare opportunity for young Christians to interact effectively on the things that bind them together spiritually.

“This is probably the first time young people have had the chance to relax together and share their experiences in an informal and everyday setting,” he said.

Aggie Ng said the retreat reminded her of Jesus’ teaching about loving all people. She said, “It is important for us to respect other followers of Christ from different denominations. Instead of amplifying differences, we need to focus on what we all have in common—our belief in the one God.” 

Participants visited Stanley Prison, the Maryknoll Centre and the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, as well as the Anglican chapel of St. Stephen’s in an effort to understand the historical contributions of Christianity to local society.

Irene Leong, from the Anglican parish of the Holy Spirit, who helped facilitate the retreat, said she emphasised to the young people the importance of cultivating unity.

“The Church is the body of Christ,” she said. “To heal divisions among Churches is to heal the wounded body of Christ.”

Anglican Father Samson Fan put it another way by quoting a Chinese proverb: “The ocean accommodates all rivers on the Earth.” 

 

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