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A colourful Indonesian Christmas

HONG KONG (SE): The Indonesian Catholic Community in Hong Kong celebrated Christmas with colour and song at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay at a Mass on the afternoon of December 25, led by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, and a morning worship service that featured well-known pop singer, Agustinus Gusti Nugroho, buoying spirits and setting the scene for a joyful day.

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Christmas in the city

HONG KONG (SE): By far the largest congregation of the festive season in Hong Kong gathered in Chater Garden on Christmas Eve to celebrate the Misa de Aguinaldo (Gift Mass) on a warm and balmy December 24.

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Searching for the light of Christmas

HONG KONG (SE): A longing for peace, security and the freedom to be ourselves dominated messages from religious and world leaders in the run up to Christmas in 2015, with the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, saying in his message to the city that peace is becoming more tenuous and seems to be moving beyond the stretch of our fingers.

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Is there time for Christmas?

In this press button era, when we can call up the whole world on the Internet with one touch of a finger, we would like to command our happiness with similar ease; it should be instant and total.

The illusion that we can do this is common enough, as we see all around us: Eat me, Drink me, Wear me, Drive me and you’ll be happy forever.








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The staff of the Sunday Examiner wish you a blessed Christmas celebration

‘All this took place to fulfill what the Lord  had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means ‘God is with us’.’

– Matthew 1:22-23 –

 

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The climate merry-go-round

Around 2,000 years ago a baby was born. He was named Jesus and, since that time, has been hailed by his disciples across the globe as the saviour of the world.

He never held a spear—let alone a gun—he never headed an empire, never became a politician, scientist or a bishop, and did not seek financial dominance or to subdue people or manipulate the earth.








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Rejoice—Christmas is present in the waiting

HONG KONG (SE): The Christmas celebration begins well before the December 24 Vigil Mass and the parish of St. Benedict in Shatin put the first touches on its celebration on December 13 with the lighting of the Christmas tree.

At 5.00pm, Reverend Pio Ng Wan-hang led the Youth Band in a recital of Christmas carols during an hour-long ceremony featuring the Christmas story depicted in an amusing drama in the entrance foyer of the church.

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Pick a parol online

HONG KONG (SE): Filipino communities in Hong Kong will for the first time be invited to vote online for their favourite Christmas lantern in a annual parol-making competition sponsored by the consulate general.

Vice consul, Alex Vallespin, who has responsibility for the organisational end of the competition, said the online voting is intended to add spice to the activity and drum up interest by involving a wider section of the community in the judging process.

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Christmas celebrated in hope and fear

 

HONG KONG (SE): While Christians in Iraq faced the Christmas season of peace and joy in fear and trepidation, Catholics in Nepal reported that they were looking forward to their first Christmas in many years without threats of violence from Hindu fundamentalist groups.

Then, in normally peaceful Japan, people faced the festive season in a mood of crisis and worry, as Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, from Nagasaki, put it, “It is not a time to celebrate in a consumerist society.”

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A Christmas letter to an embattled bishop

 

SHANGHAI (SE): A Catholic person in Shanghai has penned a letter to Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who is currently confined to the seminary at Sheshan on the outskirts of the city, stripped of his status as a bishop and suspended from exercising his priestly ministry for two years by government authorities, telling him that he is not alone, but is very much in the prayers of the faithful people of his diocese.

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