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Cardinal Tong turns 80

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator and bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, celebrated his 80th birthday on July 31.  The diocese organised a prayer gathering and birthday dinner for him at the Holy Spirit Study Centre on July 29. Over 80 priests of the diocese and representatives from religious institutes joined in the celebrations. 
 

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Catholic presence at annual book fair

HONG KONG (SE): Over 10 Catholic organisations, including the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness, the Central Council of Catholic Laity, the Media Centre of Daughters of St. Paul, the Christian Life Community and the Catholic Centre, joined the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, held from July 17 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai this year, to promote the reading of books for spiritual formation.
 

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Church in Hong Kong steps up support for edgy and emotional city

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, celebrated a special Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei at 8.00pm on July 11, to express his closeness and pastoral accompaniment with the people disturbed and upset over the incidents related to the government’s now-suspended extradition bill. Held on the Feast of St. Benedict, it was organised by the Catholic Ad Hoc Group set up by the diocesan chancery to provide support for those affected by the issues related to the extradition bill. 
 

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Church leaders call for independent inquiry and withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the June 18 apology of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, apology for the disputes and anxiety that resulted from her handling of the controversial extradition bill, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and Reverend So Shing-yit, chairperson of the Hong Kong Christian Council, issued a statement on July 19 accepting Lam’s personal and public apology along with the admission of her inadequacies. 
 

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In remembrance of Bishop Michael Yeung

During Bishop Michael Yeung’s last hours, some clergy and I visited him and prayed for him. Although he wore a breathing mask, he struggled to do the sign of Cross and responded “Amen.” 
 

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Ordained to the diaconate

HONG KONG (SE): Diocesan seminarian, Timothy Yan Ho-fung, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on October 27. 
 
Around 800 people attended the ordination Mass which was concelebrated by Bishop Yeung, John Cardinal Tong Hon, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary, as well as a number of priests of the diocese. 
 
Bishop Yeung encouraged Deacon Yan to serve others in love, as he would serve God.

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St. Paul’s Hospital celebrates 120 years of service

HONG KONG (SE): The Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres celebrated the 120th anniversary of the establishment of St. Paul’s Hospital at a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun and John Cardinal Tong Hon at the adjacent Christ the King Chapel, Causeway Bay, on April 21.
 
St. Paul sisters from different regions were in attendance.
 

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Share the gospel by living it bishop says

HONG KONG (SE): “Sharing the gospel does not mean merely sharing the knowledge of it, instead it invites the faithful to share their lives lived according to gospel values,” said Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the bishop of Hong Kong, in his homily during the Chrism Mass on March 29. 
 
Over 1,000 people packed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road for the celebration on Holy Thursday. 
 

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Dialogue between Christianity and China indispensable

VATICAN (CNS): “If we see only our own reasons and insist on our own experience as the norm, thereby denying the basis of other people’s experience, then disagreement, quarrels and even wars will be inevitable,” between individuals, communities, nations and religions, the former bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon told symposium on Christianity and China.
 

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Book launch to mark Columban centenary

HONG KONG (SE): With the launching of Columban Missionaries in Hong Kong, a new book authored by Father Joseph Houston, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban kick-started its centenary celebrations during a special reception held at the Irish Consulate in Central on March 15.
 

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