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Trappists mark 90 years in China

HONG KONG (SE): The Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Joy Abbey, on Lantau, marked its 90th anniversary of establishment on April 22 with a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, together with more than 10 Trappists from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Macau and Australia.

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The leaves held their breath

Zhang shook hands with me in the guesthouse of the Trappist Abbey in Hong Kong. A real representative of China’s welfare; a belt too much tightened, dividing his obese abdomen in two, and an almost square head and a neck a little too short.

He came from Beijing together with his wife for a long weekend in this abbey. There is a large language barrier between us. At our first acquaintance I understood from his gestures that he wanted to know my nationality. But Holland meant nothing to him.