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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.
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.