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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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A Caritas spring

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas-Hong Kong (HK) brought together benefactors and well-wishers for its annual Spring Reception to celebrate the Chinese New Year on March 13, at the Community Hall of Caritas House, Caine Road.
 
Welcoming the guests to the tea gathering, students from Caritas Nursery School-Shatin, performed a lion dance and sang an action song.
 

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Korean Catholic media and Holy Spirit Study Centre join forces

HONG KONG (Agencies): A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between The Catholic Times of Korea, the country’s oldest Catholic weekly, and the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Hong Kong, aimed at boosting evangelisation efforts in Asia, especially in mainland China.
 
John Cardinal Tong Hon, the former bishop of Hong Kong and director of the centre, and Father Pius Yi Ki-soo, the president of the newspaper, signed the MoU at the Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen.
 

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Precious Blood Sisters elect new leadership

HONG KONG (SE): The Congregation of The Sisters of the Precious Blood held its 24th general election on July 26 at which Sister Madeleine Kwong Lai-kuen and Sister Agnes Au Yi-man were re-elected as superior general and assistant superior general.
 
On the same day, Sister Teresa Li Sau-chi, Sister Cecilia Kwok Yuen-han, Sister Josephine Kam Lai-cheng, Sister Paula Lou Kuai-fong and Sister Dominica So Chiu-ho were elected as councillors general.
 

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It is tough at the top

On August 1, the Holy See announced that it has accepted the retirement of the current bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and that he is to be succeeded automatically by his coadjutor, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.
 
While a change in the leadership at the top of the diocese is always a matter of much interest, often preceded by a period of intense speculation, in one sense it is of little consequence, yet in another, it is vital for the Church.