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Human rights

Nowadays, we are constantly reminded of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as we hear, see and are touched by the many refugees who are seeking a new home in another country in order to be able to live where the declaration is respected.    

   

The Preamble

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Charters and the Covenant

In Hong Kong, when you step into a public hospital you have the right to receive medical attention that “fully meets the currently accepted standards of care and quality.” 

The Patients’ Charter also spells out such rights as having “your privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs respected” provided the observance does not hurt the rights of other patients or healthcare providers.

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But where do you see
 the face of God?

This is a story told through a painting, a largely overlooked work among the vast collection of The Field Museum in Chicago (Catalogue No.116027).








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Jesus loves children

People brought little children to see Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:13-16)


 

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Putting others first

 

 

Putting others first can be such a natural, beautiful part of life.

The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God

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Keeping young people faithful in a faith desert

Walking is a test of
perseverance and faith

 

A group of 56 people, representing a full range of ages, walked for 12 days in the middle of July from Chengdu to Chongqing, in the Sichuan area of southwestern China, covering a total distance of 360 kilometres.

This is the fifth summer pilgrim walk the group has undertaken.








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Crossing Oceans

 

Crossing oceans to China

 

People have been travelling to China for more years than we may know, but we do know that a lot of missionary priests and sisters have been crossing by land and sea from Europe to China for hundreds of years, the earliest recorded journey would be around 1293, undertaken by Franciscan Father John Montecorvino (1246-1328), who was called the founder of the Catholic mission in China.








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Women hold up half the sky…

This is the oft-quoted saying of Mao Zedong, but I like to point out that the sky is vast and we are still learning about its dimensions, whereas we know the dimensions of our planet Earth, and women stand firmly on its soil.

I would like to add to Mao’s quote by saying holding up half the sky may not be possible for anyone, but we know that women can hold down their place on earth. 








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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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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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