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Welcoming the Year of the Pig

Wishing you good luck and prosperity (Kung Hei Fat Choi)! This is how people greet each other on Chinese New Year, the most important cultural festival for the people of China. This year, the nation of 1.4 billion people begins celebrations on February 5 which will see the largest human migration in the world. According to government figures, over 385 million people were on the move to celebrate the Spring Festival last year. 
 








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The take-home gospel

HONG KONG (SE): “Remember that the most important gift you can bring home to your family at the New Year is the gospel,” pastors in urban Churches in China have been telling their parishioners, something they say that is especially important for the young and unmarried.

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Lunar New Year mercy style

BEIJING (SE): “Being a Catholic is wonderful!” a woman exclaimed in astonishment when she saw some priests and parishioners visiting the sick in hospital on February 8, the eve of the Lunar New Year.

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