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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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Christmas vigil Mass under the parols

HONG KONG (SE): Around 3,000 people attended the Misa de Aguinaldo (The Mass of the Gift) held in a festive mood in the night air at Chater Garden, Admiralty on Christmas Eve.
 
The Mass, which started at 10.30pm, was celebrated by Father Jerry Perocho together with Father Efren Ojeda and Filipino chaplain, Father Jay Flandez.
 
It was celebrated in a lively and joyful atmosphere set by a succession of performances by community choirs and well-known singers in a programme which started at 7.30pm.
 

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The colour of Christmas

Christmas is white. I know that from the songs of the season that blared dreams of a c from our radio during those hot days leading up to the feast of the birth of the Christ all those years ago.
 
But my Christmases were never white. They were green cricket fields, amber sunsets transfixing silhouettes of sleeping trees to the horizon; blue waters of the southern ocean washing over our bodies, yellow sand sticking to our feet and the smoky aroma of barbecues in the lush oasis of the small garden at the back of our childhood home.








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Christian and Muslim leaders join Jordan’s king for Christmas

AMMAN (CNS): Jordan’s King Abdullah II invited Catholic and other leaders to celebrate Christmas in the spirit of fraternity and harmony the holiday symbolises.
 
When the moderate Muslim leader ascended the throne in 1999, he declared Christmas a holiday to be celebrated by Jordanian Christians and Muslims alike.
 

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Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas - Maria pinagpala ka!

Pinagpala ka sa mga babae, at pinagpala rin ang dinadala mo sa iyong sinapupunan!” Ito ang sabi ni Elisabet kay Maria. 
 
Gusto mo bang pagpalain ng Diyos? Tularan natin si Maria.
 








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Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas - Maria pinagpala ka!

Pinagpala ka sa mga babae, at pinagpala rin ang dinadala mo sa iyong sinapupunan!” Ito ang sabi ni Elisabet kay Maria. 
 
Gusto mo bang pagpalain ng Diyos? Tularan natin si Maria.
 








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The greatest Christmas gift for children

Christmas is the celebration of the wonder and great value we place on children. We celebrate their rights and dignity. Every family ought to protect and care for their children, not pamper and spoil them as objects and even victims of crass commercialisation and exaggerated gift-giving. 
 
No gift can ever buy the love of a child. No gift is more valuable than the genuine love and appreciation of parents for their children.
 








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Mideast patriarchs express hope in the midst of uncertainty

BEIRUT (CNS): In their Christmas messages, the Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East—with hope, despite uncertainty in the region—called for peace, security, prayer and solidarity. 
 
From Baghdad, Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, expressed his hope for a new phase for the country and that the recent triumph over the Islamic State, along with the termination of terrorist control of Mosul and other cities, will marked a step toward security and stability. 
 

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Christmas Mass celebrated in a liberated Mosul

MOSUL (CNS): In a display of unity, both Christians and Muslims attended the first Christmas Mass to be celebrated in Mosul in three-and-a-half years at St. Paul Cathedral, following the city’s liberation from Islamic State militants.
 
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, from Baghdad, urged the faithful to pray for “peace and stability to reign in Mosul, Iraq and the world.”
 

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A protected Christmas in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AsiaNews): Christmas celebrations went off without a hitch in Pakistan as people in the cities of Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta marked the birth of Jesus under military protection.
 
Following the December 17 attack on a Methodist church in Quetta, authorities beefed up security around all Christian places of worship to prevent other terrorist attacks and allow Christian celebrations to go ahead without any problems.
 

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