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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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Power of prayer resonates 
around the world

HONG KONG (SE): “The day of prayer has given a breath of encouragement and hope to the entire Syrian population, of all creeds, in these uncertain days,” Archbishop Mario Zenari, the apostolic nuncio to Syria, said from Damascus on September 9.

He told AsiaNews that both Muslims and Christians all over the country were united in praying for peace, with churches and mosques all reporting crowds of people gathering to respond to the call of Pope Francis to pray for peace on September 7.

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Sing the song of life in the world says pope

HONG KONG (SE): World Youth Day 2013 ended in spectacular fashion as around three million people shoehorned themselves onto the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, drinking in the last few words to be uttered by the first bishop of Rome from Latin America, Pope Francis, on his first return to his native continent.

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Homily at the Solemn Mass to celebrate the inauguration of the pontificate of Pope Francis by John Cardinal Tong, bishop of Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

On April 8, 2013 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Distinguished Guests,

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Cardinal Tong talks about meeting the new pope

HONG KONG (SE): On is return to Hong Kong from the conclave on March 19, John Cardinal Tong Hon shared that he had the opportunity to speak with the newly-elected Pope Francis on three occasions.

He related that within an hour or so of his election on March 13, the new pope greeted all the cardinals one by one inside the Sistine Chapel.

 

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What’s in a name?

Actually, it seems that there is quite a lot in a name, if the scramble among both the Catholic people of the world and the media to interpret the decision of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio’s to be known to the world as Pope Francis is any guide.








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Religions must cooperate to remind humanity that God exists says pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “The Catholic Church knows the importance of promoting friendship and respect among men and women of different religious traditions,” Pope Francis said during a March 20 meeting with the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Jain delegations that had come to the Vatican for his inauguration. 

He repeated the entire phrase twice to give it emphasis. 

 

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History in the making: brothers in arms

In an historic photograph of a pope and former pope, Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on March 23. The two spent several hours together, sharing prayer, a long meeting and lunch. “We are brothers,” Pope Benedict was told by his successor. This was their first encounter since Pope Benedict resigned on February 28.  Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

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Pope Francis makes his stand

HONG KONG (SE): One event that Vatican-watchers know not to miss is the address of the pope to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, as it is the closest thing to a policy speech that any pope will give.

However, when a newly-elected pope is speaking, there is even more urgency to be there.

 

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The new pope and the Church in China

 

HONG KONG (SE): In welcoming Pope Francis to the Chair of Peter as the leader of the Catholic people of the world, a vicar general from the Hong Kong diocese, Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, called on people to pray for him, as he comes to leadership of the Church in extremely difficult times.

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