CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 24 August 2019

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Hong Kong’s Filipinos pray for peace and unity on independence day

HONG KONG (SE): The Filipino community in Hong Kong gathered at Chater Road, Central, and prayed for peace and unity as they celebrated the country’s 121st Independence Day on June 9, three days ahead of the actual date on June 12.
 
The day’s programme kicked off with an ecumenical prayer service with the leaders of the Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities praying for good governance, peace and unity in the country. 
 
This was followed by a Mass, concelebrated by the chaplain to Filipino migrants, Divine Word Father Jay Flandez and Franciscan Father Efren Ojeda, attended by around 250 people, including Philippine consul general to Hong Kong, Antonio Morales and other consulate officials. 
 
Father Ojeda said during the homily that a person who loves God must also love his own country. He expressed gratitude to the heroes who fought for the freedom of the Philippines. He stressed that believing in Christ is the source of freedom and without Christ in one’s heart there is no true freedom.
 
A parade featuring different Filipino organisations followed. Undeterred by a sudden downpour, groups paraded along Chater Road in colourful, national costumes and by waving the national flag.
 
Cultural presentations were then staged by the different groups showcasing the attractions of the country’s different regions.

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