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Bishop Ha urges Friday fasting, abstinence and prayers

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing has urged people to pray and fast every Friday during this summer holiday in intercession for the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 
In a July 12 interview with the online youth forum, Boiling Point, the bishop encouraged people to pray for the city’s young people and to journey with them during the months of July and August. 
 

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Catholic prayer groups thrive on campus but keep heads down

HONG KONG (UCAN): Each evening, Maria Dong prays with some 20 classmates in a lecture room at a university in Hebei, a northern Chinese province that is home to nearly a million Catholics.

“There is no explicit rule, warning or reminder at the university that ban us from holding a religious gathering or form any religious group,” Dong explained.

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24 Hours for the Lord

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong joined in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative that Pope Francis called for with four parishes on Hong Kong island and five in both the New Territories and Kowloon keeping their doors open from the morning of March 4 to the evening of March 5.

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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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