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A Christmas message from Cardinal Tong

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Christmas is approaching. As we contemplate the beautiful scene of the Holy Family, immersed in peace and serenity, with the Infant Jesus in a manger, we cannot but recall the many events that, in sharp contrast, have taken place in Hong Kong, our home, over the past several years.

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Cardinal Tong at peace prayer meet in Kyoto

KYOTO (SE): Two days after stepping down as bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon travelled to Kyoto in Japan as a representative of Pope Francis at the 30th annual Prayer Meeting on Mount Hiei, a gathering that brings people from all religions together to pray and work for peace.
 
Cardinal Tong read a letter from Pope Francis, which opened with the words, “It is my pleasure to send my cordial greetings to you and to the distinguished representatives of the different religious traditions.”
 

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Bishop’s pastoral letter for Lent

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

These words from the Bible tell us Lent is coming and remind us to see life as a pilgrimage. We are seekers in mind and spirit. This journey that begins in the heart leads us to search for God’s will in our lives.

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Widely varied reaction to Cardinal Tong

HONG KONG (SE): The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view published by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, in the Sunday Examiner on February 12 is reminiscent of a university debate where one team sets up and defends a hypothetical argument and the other attacks it.

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The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view

By John Cardinal Tong

 

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Bishop’s Christmas greetings to the city

HONG KONG (SE): In wishing the people of Hong Kong a Christmas celebration filled with peace and joy, the bishop of the city, John Cardinal Tong Hon, made a call for young people to be given prominence, asking that even though they may hold divergent views from mainstream society, they be listened to carefully and their opinion taken seriously.

He points out that as we look back over the past 12 months, we have to recall that it was a year full of tension, which has caused much pain in the wider society.

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Catholic leaders caution against extreme reactions to China cross removals

hong kong (Agencies): “Whatever those in power do, their first question now is how they can best serve their own interests, rather than socialism or any common purpose,” CNS reported Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, as telling the Ninth European Catholic China Colloquium, held from September 10 to 13 at the Konstancin-Jeziorna Mission Animation Centre near Warsaw, Poland.

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Cardinal holds hopes for Matteo Ricci canonisation

ROME (SE): “China has already honoured him and now it is possible that the pope too will honour him declaring him a saint,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said of the great Jesuit missionary to China, Father Matteo Ricci, who died in Beijing in 1610.

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Homily at the Solemn Mass to celebrate the inauguration of the pontificate of Pope Francis by John Cardinal Tong, bishop of Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

On April 8, 2013 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Distinguished Guests,

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Cardinal Tong talks about meeting the new pope

HONG KONG (SE): On is return to Hong Kong from the conclave on March 19, John Cardinal Tong Hon shared that he had the opportunity to speak with the newly-elected Pope Francis on three occasions.

He related that within an hour or so of his election on March 13, the new pope greeted all the cardinals one by one inside the Sistine Chapel.

 

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