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The evolving vocation of the laity in the Church

In the last two centuries, the Church experienced a growing concern about the role and vocation of the laity prompted, to a large extent, by damage done to its intellectual and operational structures by anti-Church government policies in most nations that were once thought of as being Catholic.








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Let’s just love what God gives to us all

HONG KONG (SE): “I just want to show something of the unspoiled beauty of God’s creation that is currently under threat from the desire of our society to consume,” Hong Kong photographer, Francis Tong, told the Sunday Examiner on November 18, the opening night of an exhibition of her work from Fukushima, Japan, taken prior to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and consequent environmental threat from the damaged Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.








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Legacies of faith and dreams of democracy do not die with the body

During the month of All Souls, diocesan historian, Father Louis Ha Ke-loon, is organising historical visits to Catholic cemeteries in Hong Kong, which he says is a good way to reflect on death, as well as gain an appreciation of the contribution that people of faith have made to the Church and the social development of the special administrative region

 








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Youth group at Rosary reaches out to Somalia in its time of need

HONG KONG (SE) : One of the groups in the diocese that did take up the call of Pope Benedict XVI and international aid agencies to give support to the famine stricken people of Somalia in Africa, is the Life Teen Youth Group in Rosary parish, Tsim Sha Tsui.
In a ceremony held on the evening of October 22, Michael Inot presented a cheque for $46,301.50, plus foreign currency to the value of $1,200, to the parish priest and board member of Caritas Hong Kong, Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man, in the parish hall on Chatham Road South.
While every youth group has its own dialect, everyone in L








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Patriotic and civic education

 

Exams are a major focus of schooling, yet they can be overdone. Scoring 100 per cent in the next test becomes the sole purpose of a student’s life. 

Chinese parents worry about their child becoming an exam-taking robot. In addition to memorising names, dates and statistics, what else should a balanced education include?

 

Education is many sided








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A most suitable liturgy for inculturation into Asian spiritualities

HONG KONG (SE): “Of all the western liturgies, I believe that the Byzantine rite is the easiest to inculturate into Asian spiritualities,” the vicar general of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Melbourne, Australia, Right Reverend Olexander Kenez, told the Sunday Examiner.

He described it as a liturgy that looks as if it has been in southern China for 100 years, as it has similar musical themes, local instruments like gongs and bells, as well as the abundant use of incense.








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Living the sacraments comes before catechesis in the Byzantine rite

HONG KONG (SE): “You do not catechise a person before baptism,” the visiting vicar general from the Ukrainian Eparchy of Melbourne, Australia, Right Reverend Olexander Kenez, told a study afternoon on the sacraments of initiation as practiced in the Byzantine Rite at the Diocese Centre on October 8.








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A Dominican sesquicentennial in Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG (SE): Friars from the Dominican Province of Our Lady of the Rosary, which became a reality in Asia in 1587, are celebrating the sesquicentennial of the arrival of the first group of Dominicans to land in Hong Kong on
1 July 1861. 

As men of their times, they followed the flow of merchants and business people from Macau and Canton into Hong Kong to avail themselves of the benefits of English law, stability of banking facilities and property security.








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We came to see the pope but instead saw the face of Jesus

HONG KONG (SE): “Man makes plans and God smiles,” goes the old saying.

A group from the English-speaking community of Stanley parish reflected on this adage as they trudged back to their accommodation after the August 20 overnight vigil at the climax of World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, when it seemed that anything that could go wrong did.








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Message for Ramadan stresses respect for the person

 VATICAN (SE): To mark the August 20 conclusion of the sacred month of Ramadan, observed as a time of fasting by Muslims the world over, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, said in a message that Christians and Muslims “are too often witnesses to the violation of the sacred, the mistrust of which those who call themselves believers are the target.”
The statement, signed by the cardinal and the secretary of the council, Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, notes that a common bond of believers in both religions is the con