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Modern slavery

Each year on World Day of Peace the pope offers a message to the world. This year, on 1 January 2015, Pope Francis’ message was, No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters.

Pope Francis said, “Tragically, the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man gravely damages the life of communion and our calling to forge interpersonal relations.”








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Beatification of bishop who shed light on devilish shadows

VATICAN (SE): While mostly the declaration of a saint or the announcement someone’s name has been successfully put forward for beatification is met with excitement in their own country, the announcement on February 4 from the Holy See Press Office that Archbishop Oscar Romero has been acknowledged as a martyr has not received universal acclaim in his native El Salvador.








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A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign - first week : Through baptism we are reborn

The gospel of Mark intends to answer the question of who Jesus is and is therefore suitable for reading by catechumens or persons who wish to know Jesus.

Mark did not give any account of Jesus’ birth and childhood, rather, he introduced very briefly the work of John the Baptist and then went on to tell the stories of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River and his temptation in the wilderness as preludes to his public ministry.








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The human face of China

There are many Chinas—from isolated, struggling mountain communities to the communities of connected urbanites living in futuristic landscapes.

There may indeed be only two ways of looking at China and both are right within their own frameworks.








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Save money and enhance dignity of refugees

HONG KONG (SE): The Christian Refugee Ministry is proposing what it believes is a more efficient, less costly and more dignified system of food distribution to the around 9,000 refugees and protection claimants in Hong Kong, who are fed at government expense under the Asylum Seeker and Torture Claimant Programme.








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Creating a welcoming Church
for the same-sex attracted

HONG KONG (SE): “The Church, as our mother, is reaching out to the marginalised, the depressed and the despondent, the lonely, and the Church wants the same-sex attracted to know that they are loved by almighty God,” Tim Lock, a psychologist from the Courage Ministry in the United States of America (US) told the Sunday Examiner.








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Rice

Unless a grain falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it produces much fruit (John 12:24)

Last November, I had the pleasure of attending an amazing performance, Rice, by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, choreographed by Lin Huai-min. 








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Who drives China’s maritime policy?

SYDNEY (UCAN): Portrayals of the president of China, Xi Jinping, as the strongman abound. Xi is the strongest leader in every sense since Deng Xiaoping.

He consolidated power faster than expected after he took over as head of the Communist Party of China and the Central Military Commission two years ago.

Even the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, has publicly commented on Xi’s hold on power.








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Year of turmoil with moments of calm

 HONG KONG (SE): Last year got off to a happy start as the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, laid hands on three deacons, ordaining them priests at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on January 5.

The two Indonesians and one Filipino are members of the Divine Word Mission Society and are currently serving at parishes in the diocese.








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Umbrella Movement reflects disconnect between ageing authorities and youth

HONG KONG (SE): “The students have no faith in the system. They are like Jesus viewing the system protected by the Pharisees and they want change. Not only do they want change, they want it fast,” Louis Tong, a former board member of  the Young Men’s Christian Association, told the Sunday Examiner.