CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Diocese moves for more support for marriage

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Catholic Church in Hong Kong plans to train more volunteers to help couples experiencing difficulties in their relationships or considering divorce, the South China Morning Post reported on May 26.

The announcement came as the government revealed that the divorce rate in Hong Kong increased slightly last year. There were 20,075 divorce decrees granted in 2015, up from 20,019 in the previous year.

Hong Kong had about 384,000 Catholic residents as of last year.

In April, Pope Francis issued an exhortation named The Joy of Love, suggesting that it is a priority for the Church to strengthen the love between couples, help to heal wounds and work to prevent divorce.

It urges local communities and pastors to accompany those who are divorced with solicitude.

Kevin Lai Yuk-ching, the executive secretary of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and Family, told the Post that the diocese would still follow up on Pope Francis’ exhortation by training more volunteers to help couples in need.

The commission is also planning to partner two parishes in a new marriage-counselling programme for couples in different stages of their relationships.

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