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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.

Observers say that the location of the conference in South Africa is a significant choice, as it is a reminder to delegates that solving climate change cannot be divorced from the challenge to eradicate poverty.

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The changing role of women in society is spilling over into Church life

A T-shirt produced in the United States of America (US) carries the words, “A woman’s place is in the house” emblazoned across it. It was illustrated against a picture of the residence of the US president in Washington DC, the White House.

No woman has ever had the opportunity to live there except as the spouse of a president or a member of staff, but it is probably only a matter of time before the world sees a female president of the US.

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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.
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