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Couple commissioned for mission in Cambodia

HONG KONG (SE): A married couple, Jonathan Yim Chi-ngai and Katherine Cheung Yu, were commissioned to go to Cambodia with the Hong Kong Catholic Lay Missionary Association by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, at a Mass celebrated in the church of their parish of the Annunciation on June 12.

The couple signed a three-year contract with the lay mission association and are the first married couple ever to go on foreign mission under its auspices.

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Rock of rebuilding in Cambodia mourned

PHNOM PENH (UCAN): One of the rocks in the rebuilding of the Catholic community in Cambodia after the ruthless destruction and bloodshed of the Khmer Rouge regime, Bishop Emile Destombes, died in Phnom Penh on January 28 at the age of 80.

A member of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, Bishop Destombes was sent to Cambodia in 1964, little aware as a 29-year-old of the lifelong commitment he would make to the country.

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Landmark Youth Day for Cambodia and Laos

PHNOM PENH (SE): What may be regarded as a run of the mill youth gathering in Hong Kong takes on an entirely different meaning in Cambodia and Laos.

In what is a big breakthrough in countries where any gatherings of more than five people are frowned on by the authorities, more than 100 young people gathered at three different locations in Cambodia under the sponsorship of the Episcopal Conference of Laos and Cambodia from August 10 to 16 to celebrate the first ever Youth Day in either country.

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