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Farewell to friend and mentor of Filipino community

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Victoria Del Rosario Ramos, of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, passed away in Villa Bakhita, Caine Road on February 6 at the age of 68.
In 2017, she fell critically ill and had to leave her pastoral work to be cared for at the Canossian Infirmary of Villa Bakhita. 
 
In the early hours of Tuesday, February 6, Sister Ramos responded to God’s final call and joined the Lord whom she had loved and served all her life.    
 

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Fond farewell to a friend of the Sunday Examiner

Hong Kong (SE): It is with sadness that we announce the death of Chan Sui-jeung—fondly known as SJ, a good friend of the Sunday Examiner and the Kung Kao Po, on January 27. He was 84-years-old. He is survived by his wife, Mei.
 
After SJ finished his studies at the University of Hong Kong in 1959, he worked at a local English-language newspaper before joining the Hong Kong Civil Service where he worked from 1968 to 1994. Between 1980 and 1984 he was district officer for Sai Kung in the New Territories.
 

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Farewell to faithful and generous missionary

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Maria Pizzagalli, of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, died peacefully in the Villa Bakhita Community on Caine Road, Hong Kong, on 23 January 2018, at the age of 89.
 
Born in Como, Milan, Italy on 29 April 1929, Sister Pizzagalli she joined the Canossians at the Missionary Novitiate of Vimercate, Milan, and made her first profession on 18 March 1955.
 

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Respected former editor of UCAN dead at 85

COLOMBO (UCAN): Hector Welgampola, executive editor of UCAN from 1987 until he retired in December 2001, died on January 6 in Brisbane, Australia. He was 85-years-old.
 
The Sri-Lankan journalist was editor of the country’s two Colombo-based Catholic weeklies, the English-language Messenger and Sinhalese-language Gnanartha Pradeepaya (Lamp of Wisdom). He was also a senior columnist for the Daily Mirror and Sunday Times.
 

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Farewell to the missionary of print media

Milan (AsiaNews): A great media missionary of the 20th century, Father Piero Gheddo, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), died on December 20 in Cesano Boscone, near Milan. The missionary of print media, as he was fondly known across the world, was 89-years-old and had worked all his life in the world of communications to spread the gospel. 
 

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First Christian state funeral in Pakistan

KARACHI (SE): To the background boom of a 19-gun salute, members of the Pakistan army, navy and air force formed an guard of honour for the body of Sister Ruth Pfau, who died on August 10, as it was carried into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi for a state funeral.
 
The flag of the Vatican City flew at half-mast high above the cathedral, alongside the Pakistani national flag. The requiem Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Joseph Coutts.
 

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History-making bishop mourned

FENGXIANG (SE): Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, who was emboldened in 1980 to take a step in disobedience to the Church by accepting episcopal ordination from his predecessor in Fengxiang, Bishop Anthony Zhou Weidao, without a mandate from the Holy See, died at 7.20am on November 17.
 

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The Angel of the Lepers flies no more

MACAU (SE): Known as The Angel of the Lepers, Father Gaetano Nicosia is being honoured in death, not because he was ostracised from society, but because of a lifetime of care for those who as victims of Hansen’s Disease struggled at the margins of society throughout their lives.
 
In a remote corner of Coloane Island off the coast of Macau, a colony of outcasts affected by Hansen’s Disease that had been abandoned by both the society and government of the former Portuguese enclave, became his life’s mission.
 

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Death Notice - Sister Eileen Franz

MARYKNOLL (SE): Sister Eileen Franz died on November 5 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in Maryknoll, New York, the United States of America. She was 89-years-old and had been with Maryknoll for 67 years.
 
Born in Jersey City on 3 December 1927, she is survived by a brother and a sister.
 
Sister Franz graduated from St. Dominic’s Academy in 1945 and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. 
 

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A link with history mourned in Shatin

HONG KONG (SE): Well remembered for her decades of service to education in Shatin, Sister Mary Annunciata Chou Hsueh-mei was buried from St. Alfred’s parish on October 21. She passed away after a long illness at the age of 88 on October 15.
 
Past and present principals and former students, as well as her community from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows and relatives gathered for the requiem Mass celebrated by Father Stephen Chan Mun-hung to mourn her passing.
 

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