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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.
 








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The time is near

The quietly spoken, mild mannered bishop of Hong Kong is due to step down from his position when he turns 78 on July 31. For reasons best known to minds across the world in the Vatican, when he tendered his resignation as required prior to his 75th birthday, his offer was rejected and his term extended for a further three years, but with the rider it would not be extended again.
 
However, the eight years John Cardinal Tong Hon spent as the leader of the Church in Hong Kong have been highly eventful ones.
 








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Indonesian community celebrates 29th birthday

HONG KONG (SE): The Sacred Heart of Jesus Indonesian Catholic Community celebrated its 29 anniversary with a Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon on July 2, marking the years of the Indonesian community’s journeying in Hong Kong.
 
The chaplain to the Indonesian community, Father Heribertus Hadiarto, together with Father Nicolas De Francqueville and Father Wa Wan joined Cardinal Tong in celebrating the Mass at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.
 

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Commissioned to protect life

HONG KONG (SE): At a Mass celebrated at the cathedral on May 31 to mark Pro-Life Day, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, challenged all organisations in the diocese to be promoters of life.
 
It is the first time that the diocese has formally marked Pro-Life Day. In his message, which was published at the end of April, the cardinal stressed that human life should be protected from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
 

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Centenary of Fatima marked in Cheung Chau

HONG KONG (SE): People were urged to continue praying for peace in the world during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis marking the centenary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, and John Cardinal Tong Hon took up the same theme at a celebration of the feast day of the parish in Our Lady of Fatima on Cheung Chau on May 13.
 
Around 700 people, many of whom had crossed the seas from Hong Kong and Kowloon, gathered for the annual Mass.
 

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