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The power of popular piety

There are a number of reasons why pilgrimages are popular in Hong Kong. Living in a crowded city and usually in small apartments, many Catholics feel the need to travel with their families and friends in the company of spiritual directors to places where they can pray and deepen their knowledge of the faith. The small but affluent Catholic community in Hong Kong allows them to travel with ease and comfort. A world-class airport and well-established tour companies are added advantages.
 








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Silence in the aroma of sunshine

HONG KONG (SE): First published under the title of Chinmoku in Japanese, the historical fiction novel by Shusaku Endo portrays the faith struggle of the 17th century Jesuit, Father Sebastian Rodrigues, as he is forced to watch the barbarous cruelties inflicted on the people he had come to love as his flock.








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Revelations from a former pope

VATICAN (SE): In revealing comments released prior to the publication of a book on the reflections of the former bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI says that he always thought that governance was the weak point of his pontificate and that Pope Francis is an excellent choice as his successor, even though it came as a big shock to him at the time.

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A candle in darkened lives

HONG KONG (SE): In 1958, the Chinese government conducted a thorough search across the mainland to identify people affected with Hansen’s Disease (leprosy). It then relocated them to extremely remote areas of the country.

Fung Ginxian was a young girl at the time, but had suffered from extremely serious Poliomyelitis.








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Third volume of pope’s trilogy on Jesus released

 

VATICAN (SE): The Vatican released the Italian version of the third volume in a trilogy dedicated to the life of Jesus of Nazareth, L’Infanzia de Gesu (The Infancy Narratives), on November 21.

Written by Pope Benedict XVI under the name of Joseph Ratzinger, the book is jointly published in Italy by Rizzoli and the Vatican Publishing House. It went on sale in Italy on the same day.

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