CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Bring hope to those living in despair

HONG KONG (SE): “We need to help people. We have the ability granted by God to do so and we should use this to bring hope to those in despair,” Father Louis Ha Ke-loon urged at a prayer service for the housing problem in Hong Kong, held at New Asia College Memorial Garden, Sham Shui Po on March 22. The event was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission under theme, Remain hopeful in face of despair.
Former legislator, Edward Yiu Chung-yim, a chartered surveyor and professor, recounted that many people have the misconception that those living in subdivided flats are not working hard enough to improve their living conditions. He pointed out, however, that when he visited these people, he found that many of them had no choice in their situation, due to sickness or family problems and they are in despair without a sign of hope.
Father Ha, the spiritual adviser of the Justice and Peace Commission, said the housing problem has widened the gap between the rich and the poor, making it even more urgent for us look out for those who live on the margins of the society. 
He said that while the Church supported the right to private property, there are social concerns that need to be addressed. 
“We need to be concerned for the needs of others. For example, we have a moral obligation to feed the hungry while we are full but others are starving; we should give them some food,” he said.
Father Ha noted that there are religious institutes distributing food to the needy, but they are having a hard time due to the lack of resources. He reminded the gathering that as long as the housing problem remains unsolved, we have a greater obligation to share our God-given resources with the less privileged in the society. 

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