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A taste of poverty on World Day of the Poor

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs is organising a Seven-Day Poverty Experiential Programme to mark the first World Day of the Poor, an initiative introduced by Pope Francis at the ceremony to close the Holy Door and bring the Jubilee of Mercy to completion at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on November 20 last year.
 

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Poverty is the best drug pusher

There was Jonathan, a 16-year-old teenager from a broken home where love no longer held a family together. Poverty that kept food from the table and from the mouths of his brother and sisters.

Jonathan saw the last of his father as he stormed out of their shanty by a river in the Philippine capital, drunk on cheap liquor to numb the pain of failure. He was a jobless man, fired by a corrupt boss. He was a useless, broken man, his dignity taken from him.








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Poverty caused by an economy of exclusion and inequality pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “The fight against poverty is not merely a technical economic problem, but above all a moral one, calling for global solidarity and the development of more equitable approaches to the concrete needs and aspirations of individuals and peoples worldwide,” Pope Francis said on May 13.

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A scandal of nothing amidst plenty

MANILA (UCAN): The poor amidst plenty syndrome of The Philippines is a national disgrace for a country which prides itself in being Catholic.

The problem is especially amplified during Christmas, a time of year marked with feasting and professing faith in the God of the poor.

The desperate poverty incidence among Filipinos now sits at more than 25 per cent of the population, despite the promise of the government to bring it down to 18 per cent by this year.

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Simple yet profound message from the pope

Give love, justice and compassion to the poor and the needy, and for the most part you will get the same in return. 

Treat others as you yourself want to be treated. This was the bottom line of the message of Pope Francis to the world on his missionary journey to Cuba and the United States of America (US).








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The Epiphany in
 Hong Kong today

 

TODAY, THE CHURCH celebrates the feast of the Epiphany, the story of The Three Wise Men following a star from its rising in the east to Bethlehem to pay homage to the new-born Jesus.

They offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, before leaving for home with joy in their hearts. In their search for Jesus, the Magi met difficulties, at one point asking directions from the autocratic king, Herod.








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Dialogue and culture are top priority Cardinal Tong insists

 

HONG KONG (SE): The appeal from the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, to the authorities in Beijing to reopen a dialogue with the Holy See highlights an extremely important issue, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Vatican Insider on October 28 in Rome.

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