CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Concert to celebrate pope’s birthday

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis turned 82-years-old on December 17. The Holy See Study Mission in Hong Kong together with the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong jointly hosted a concert to celebrate the occasion at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on December 16.
The concert featured a performance by local choir, Vox Antiqua, conducted by Andrew Leung, and featureing renowned singers, Paul Phoenix and Colette Lam Wing-wing, as well as organist, Ivan Leung Chin-yuen. 
At the concert, Monsignor Ante Jozic, the Holy See representative in Hong Kong, expressed his appreciation of Pope Francis’ dedication to young people, which climaxed with the Synod of Bishops on young people in October. 
Monsignor Jozic said the concert featured a number of young performers, which is in line with Pope Francis’ wish that the Church help young people to nurture their dreams.
The concert was attended by several hundred people, including former bishops of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun and John Cardinal Tong Hon, who prayed for the pope.
A few days arlier, on December 12, in association with the Diocese of Macau, the Holy See Study Mission had organised another concert in honour of the pope at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, Macau. 
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on 17 December 1936, to Mario José Bergoglio and Regina María Sívori, two Italian immigrants, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the eldest of the five children. Before he entered the priesthood, he briefly worked as a chemical technician. He was elected pope in 2013 at the age of 76. 

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