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New deacon from Cameroon

HONG KONG (SE): Flavien Ulrich Bouambe, from Cameroon in Africa, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung on May 13 at St. Jerome’s parish, Tin Shui Wai.
 
A member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CiCM) Reverend Bouambe was born into a Catholic family. He has four brothers and one younger sister.
 

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Mongolia celebrates second ordination

ULAANBAATAR (SE): The fledgling Catholic community in Mongolia, which only marks its silver jubilee of foundation this year, celebrated its coming of age in a concrete fashion as it witnessed the ordination of its second priest since the rebirth of the Church in 1992.

Fides reported that Reverend Bernard Kambala, from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), became only the second priest to be ordained in Mongolia in modern times.

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Togolese ordained in Taiwan

KAOHSIUNG (UCAN): Inspired by a 19th century missionary to China, Father Joseph Youta Djiba, from Togo, was ordained in Taiwan on February 18 for the Chinese province of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).

Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, from Taipei, who is a member of the same congregation, ordained the young Togolese at Our Lady of Fatima church in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

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A reminder of who is in charge

HONG KONG (SE): The relatively peaceful and unhindered ordination of Bishop Peter Ding Lingbin in Changzhi, Shanxi province, on November 10, led to much hype over the current round of meetings between the Vatican and Beijing in promoting relations between the Church in China and the government.

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Tranquil ordination had snags

CHANGZHI (SE): At 8.00am on November 10, Father Peter Ding Lingbin was ordained as the bishop of Changzhi in Shanxi province, in what was described as a tranquil atmosphere.

The 54-year-old newly-ordained bishop came to the priesthood late in life, first having worked as a medical doctor in the local city hospital.

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Two deacons ordained for the diocese

HONG KONG (SE): Two seminarians, Francis Xavier Wong Kwan-yau and Vincent Woo Wan-shun, were ordained deacons by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, for the diocese of Hong Kong at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on October 29.

In acknowledging the support they have received over the years of their formation, the two gave thanks to God for their vocation to serve people through the Church and to their families for the selfless contribution they have made in encouraging them.

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Clandestine ordination in unofficial Church

ROME (SE): Father Dong Guanhua was reported by the Rome-based Vatican Insider to have been ordained as a bishop in the unofficial Church diocese of Zhengding, China, in late September.

The report says that he did not consult the local, legitimate bishop, or have permission from the pope or Holy See.

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Two ordained for Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Ignatius Lo King-ip and Reverend Paul Nguyen Kim-son were ordained priests by John Cardinal Tong Hon at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception on August 20.

The ordination ceremony took place at a Mass attended by over 1,000 people and was concelebrated by Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing.

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Mongolia welcomes its first priest

ULAANBAATAR (SE): The Church in Mongolia welcomed its first locally-born priest, Father Joseph Enkh, who was ordained by Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul on August 28.

Fides reported that the new priest chose Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me (Like 9: 23) as his motto.

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First ordination for Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR (SE): “We will soon have the first native priest from Mongolia,” Bishop Wenceslaus Padilla, the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Outer Mongolia, told Fides on May 31.

A deacon, Reverend Joseph Enkh, has had the date for ordination as a priest in Ulaanbaatar set for August 28.

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