CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Washing the feet of the prisoners

HONG KONG (SE): “Nourish hope and do not give up,” was the Easter message of Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, for the inmates of the correctional institutions in Hong Kong. He was addressing a group of inmates and volunteers at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Chai Wan, on Easter Monday, April 22. 
During his visit, Bishop Ha washed the feet of 12 inmates and said the ceremony was meant to encourage them to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be aware of the importance of a purified mind. Bishop Ha also urged young prisoners to remain hopeful regardless of the situation.
Volunteers from St. Augustine Youth Association and the Community of Sant’ Egidio also organised a Bible quiz, while the young inmates presented to Bishop Ha with a souvenir as a sign of gratitude. The bishop then laid hands on the inmates and volunteers and prayed for them. 
The Community of Sant’ Egidio introduced those present to their Home of Mercy, a shelter for the homeless as well as former inmates in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui. 
The St. Augustine Youth Association has been visiting young prisoners for 30 years. At present, it is planning to launch a rehabilitation programme to help young former prisoners to integrate into society again. 
This year, they organised Easter evangelisation programmes at Lai King Correctional Institution, Kwai Chung, Sha Tsui Correctional Institution as well as Lai Chi Rehabilitation Centre on Lantau Island.

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