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Columbans mark a century on mission

HONG KONG (SE): The centennial celebration of the official recognition of the Missionary Society of St. Columban by Pope Benedict XV on 29 June 1918 marks the placing of the official stamp of approval on a movement that began in 1912, when a young priest accepted an invitation from Canadian Father John Fraser to join him in China.

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The late dawn of a restless dream

A faith born in the shadows cast by a single candle in a tightly curtained room of a small farming village in a China emerging from the repression of the Cultural Revolution in the early 1980s, blossomed on February 4 in the chapel of the Columban Seminary in Manila, as Peter knelt before Bishop Honesto Ongtioco to be ordained a deacon, becoming a minister of the word of God that he had imbibed in the clandestine darkness of his home so many years before.

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