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Bishop celebrates Christmas at Stanley Prison

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung offered a Mass on Christmas Day at Stanley Prison as part of his pastoral outreach to those of his diocese who were spending the festive season behind bars.
 
A press release put out by the Correctional Services Department says that it arranged the opportunity for Bishop Yeung in his first Christmas as the bishop of the diocese.
 

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New social imagination

HONG KONG (SE): “So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” Pope Francis said in his Urbi et Orbi (To the City of Rome and the World) in his message for Christmas.
 
“We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away, but driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones,” the pope said in making a strong call for what he termed a new social imagination in today’s world.
 

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Christmas message and greeting from our bishop

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
 
Christmas is a celebration of life and family. The greatest gift God has given us is His own life, in the form of His son, who accepted a human body and was born into a family.
 
In the mystery of the Incarnation is revealed how the Almighty Creator came into our midst like a lonely helpless person, knocking on the door of Mary and Joseph.

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An Advent message from our bishop: A season of expectant hope

May Your Joy be Complete in the Joy of Christ! (cf John 15:11)
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 
 
Advent is a season for appreciation, for looking forward, for sharing with one another. How much we appreciate the great gift the Heavenly Father has given to us in the power of the Holy Spirit—His life in the form of His only begotten son!
 

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Bishop proclaims Year of Youth

HONG KONG (SE): In declaring a Year of Youth to begin on December 3 this year and run until November 25 next year in his Message for Advent, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung is inviting the young people of the diocese “to walk the talk in solidarity with one another through prayer and action, and together help build a better world for the greater glory of God.”
 
His decision comes as a result of his many meetings and consultations with young people since he was installed as the bishop of Hong Kong on August 5 this year.

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Bishop’s anthem woes

HONG KONG (SE): A saga that began at the Caritas Bazaar on November 12 with a question to Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung as to whether he would instruct Catholic schools on how to sing the Chinese national anthem ended on the evening of November 16 with the bishop of Hong Kong appearing on television in the midst of a media scrum.
 

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The bishop who was simply disappeared

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): A Mass was offered on the evening of October 11 at St. Andrew’s parish in Tseung Kwan O for the intentions of Bishop James Su Zhimin, who disappeared from his diocese of Baoding in China some 20 years ago and little to nothing has been heard of his situation since.
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung invited the gathering at the Mass organised by the Justice and Peace Commission to pray for the Chinese bishop that he may one day regain his freedom and return to the care of the people whom God has entrusted to him.

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One bishop’s dreams

HONG KONG (SE): While Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung sees many challenges for the Church both in China and Hong Kong, as well as internationally, he told the French publication La Croix in an interview published on October 18 that his primary focus is on his own diocese.
 
The 71-year-old bishop believes that the local Church’s major priorities are local and as the bishop of Hong Kong he sees many immediate challenges that what he terms a fractured society presents.
 

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We are all people on the move

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the launch of Share the Journey by Caritas Hong Kong, a prayer vigil for migrants and refugees was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 27.
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said during the vigil that caring for migrants and refugees is an important expression of our faith and we should not forget that each and every one of us is but a traveller on this earth.
 

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Approaching China with healthy realism

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the new bishop of Hong Kong, has described his approach to dealing with China as one of healthy realism that must consider ongoing talks between the Vatican and Beijing.
 
The 71-year-old Bishop Yeung was keen to remind people that he is neither a diplomat nor engaged in Vatican-Beijing negotiations and added that he would not rock the boat in terms of relations between the Church and China.
 

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