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All ages must know about Church in China

HONG KONG (UCAN): Organisers of a two-part series of talks on the Church in China hope the symposium will motivate Catholic people in Hong Kong to take more interest in religious persecution on the mainland.

About 40 people gathered at the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at the University of Hong Kong on April 15 to hear Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun say he believes Pope Francis understands the suffering of the Church in China.

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End of Year of Consecrated Life marked

HONG KONG (SE): Although becoming fewer in number, the presence of religious from various congregations and secular institutes of consecrated life are a precious part of the life of the Church, John Cardinal Tong Hon told a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life on February 2.

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Congress prays for Church in China

CEBU (SE): “Chinese Christians are still in deep water, in burning fire—a terrible reality,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in a personal testimony at the Eucharistic Congress being celebrated in Cebu, The Philippines, on January 25.

He said that when he saw a prayer for the suffering and persecuted Christians of the Middle East and African countries listed for the opening Mass, he made a request that China be remembered as well.

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A body that reveals no answers

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass was celebrated on December 30 at Tseung Kwan O parish in Hong Kong for the late Father Wei Heiping, whose body was found on November 8 in the Fen River, a tributary to the Yangtze River that runs through Shanxi province in northern China.

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A reading from the bible according to Zen

HONG KONG (UCAN): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun has taken to the air on Radio Television Hong Kong to tell bible stories in a way you have never heard before.

In a programme that will run for 13 weeks Cardinal Zen said, “I hope to bring the Church’s message to the Hong Kong people through the telling of bible stories.”

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Pope pushes mooncake drive

HONG KONG (UCAN): An initiative of the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, to give mooncakes to everyone in prison in Hong Kong at the mid-autumn festival has been taken up by Pope Francis.

The pope’s announcement has generated a flood of cash donations since it was published last week.

Cardinal Zen said that he guessed he would also be interested in donating mooncakes to prisoners as he is known as a man of generosity to the poor.

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Cardinal Zen vents ire over firing of Bishop Ma

 

HONG KONG (SE) : The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in an entry on his blog that the recent move to strip the newly ordained auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai  of his mitre and crosier by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China is probably just a cover for the real culprits.

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