CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Hong Kong delegates bring extradition fears to the Vatican

We were very honoured to be chosen as the representatives of the Diocese of Hong Kong for the International Youth Forum, the June 19 to 22 post-synod Youth  orum organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The theme of the forum centred on Christus Vivit (Christ Lives), the post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people, published earlier this year. In the document, we young Catholics are encouraged awaken and take the lead in bringing about changes in the life of the Church.
 
It was indeed a fruitful experience as we had the chance to hear from bishops and priests, but also from the representatives who joined the pre-synod meeting. The most precious part when we had the opportunity to speak with delegates from different countries and movements, about the problems they face and what we plan to do after we get back to our own regions. 
 
I shared about the movement against the Extradition Bill in Hong Kong recently. When I told them that there were two massive protests but that participants remained calm that we did not use violence, they were really shocked and amazed. Also, during the break times, some of the participants approached us to ask us about the situation in Hong Kong and the reason why we were objecting the bill. 
 
We were really touched when Kevin Cardinal Farell, the head of the dicastery, mentioned how brave the young people Hong Kong were in standing up and fighting for our rights, which echoed what the pope asks us to do in Christus Vivit. Meanwhile, he also mentioned the incident in Tiananmen Square in 1989; about the man who stood in front of the tank to protest and to protect the students.
 
We were really blessed to have the chance to meet with the Holy Father and got to shake hands and exchange a few words with him. We were really surprised as we were only informed about this arrangement 10 to 20 minutes before we saw him. 
 
We handed him a petition letter initiated by some Catholic young people in Hong Kong, informing him about the current situation and kindly asking for his support and prayers for Hong Kong. He agreed with a gentle grin and also asked us to pray for him. 
 
 
Erica Wing Yiu-ng
 
 
Erica Wing Yiu-ng, from Our  Lady of Fatima Parish, Cheung Chau, along with Stephen Wong Gwan-lung,
from St. Benedict Church, Shatin, represented the Diocesan Youth Commission in the post-synod youth forum,
held at the Vatican from June 19 to 22. Youth delegates from 109 countries participated in the three-day youth forum. 

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