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Permanent deaconate has long way to go in China

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): For what is believed to have been the first time the Church in China has begun a discussion on the possibility of establishing the permanent deaconate.

While the permanent deaconate has grown in Hong Kong and is open to both married and single men, a September 6 to 9 gathering of the Council of Chinese Bishops was the first occasion on which it has been formally discussed in China.

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Bishop writes to people in prison

HONG KONG (SE): “The majority of people in Hong Kong prisons eventually are offered the grace of walking through the holy door as an experience of joy after a long sorrow,” Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a gathering of people who work in the prison ministry held at the cathedral on August 28.

The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong added that before they get the chance to walk through the big gate to freedom, they must accept the consequences of their crimes.

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