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No matter how tall the tree grows its leaves still fall to the ground

SYDNEY (SE): A landmark birthday celebration for 90-year-old Father Paschal Chang brought the Chinese Catholic community of Sydney, Australia, together for a gala dinner in Chinatown on February 12, to honour the life of the priest who, over the past 58 years, has done so much to nurture the faith among them.

Born in Jinan, Shandong province, on 16 February 1922, Father Chang was sent to Rome for studies and ordained for the Franciscans on 29 March 1949.








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Homily of John Cardinal Tong 
at his Mass of Thanksgiving

Some scholars have pointed out that according to psychological analysis, success in life must have three attributes: acceptance, adaption and achievement.

These three words begin with letter A. One who is equipped with these three attributes can be regarded as having a life with three aces.

Here, we can apply these attributes of a faithful life to ourselves as Christians, or to our religious life as seminarians, religious sisters or clergy.








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Fifth Sunday of the Year

FEBRUARY 5 – FIFTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME.
Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface for the Sunday (green).
Readings: 
Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23;
Mark 1:29-39.








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Introspection on India’s Republic Day

 By Aruna Bhowmick

 

As we celebrate our Republic Day, it is time for some soul searching. How much progress have we made in the past six decades and how vibrant is our democracy?








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The good dragons

Once every 12 years, we welcome the most honoured of the animals of the Chinese horoscope…the dragon! 

The Chinese New Year of 4710 is our 2012 and the dragon celebrated is the Water Dragon. There are other dragons such as the Wood Dragon, the Fire Dragon, the Earth Dragon and the Metal Dragon. 








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The Church must transform society

By Father Desmond de Sousa

 

Not all social change is acceptable to the person of faith. But social transformation in the direction of the values of the kingdom of God is a faith commitment.








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Bottom up consumer revolution begins with an educated conscience

The Christmas season is over and the Chinese New Year is just around the corner. For people living in a society like Hong Kong, which places a big emphasis on consumerism, these festivals can almost become like being invited into a time of retail therapy to help us forget about our everyday worries.

Advertising propaganda encourages us to spend as much as we can on gifts and personal effects, all in the festive spirit. 








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Christmas a time of outreach and unity

Many Catholics make Christmas a time to introduce the faith to their neighbours. The festivities on snowy, wintry days always attract the young and the curious to the churches to experience the Christmas atmosphere.

In a village church in a mountainous area of Lanzhou diocese in Gansu province, Brother Peter prepares liturgies and cultural performances for Christmas Eve. 








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Christmas and peace in the Church in China

 

Christmas is a good time to reflect upon our relationship with God and with others. Christians, like others, long for the absence of conflict and long to prepare for the coming of the peace of Christ.

The year 2011 in the Church in China has been a difficult one, complicated by two illicit ordinations of bishops, one in Leshan, Sichuan province, on June 29; and the other in Shantou, Guangdong province, on July 14.

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Climate change convention begins behind scratch in Durban

DURBAN (SE): Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the United Nations (UN) Framework Conference of Climate Change, (COP) which was opened on November 28 in Durban by the president of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

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