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Cardinal John Tong’s Pastoral Letter - Human Ecology and The Family

Strengthen Marriage; Not Redefine it!

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

May you live and proclaim with love and joy the Gospel of the Family! That was the core message in my Pastoral Letter issued on 29 September 2014, the eve of the Extraordinary Synod which was convoked by Pope Francis to focus on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization 1.   

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Appeal from Cardinal Tong for 
Caritas-Hong Kong’s annual fund-raising drive


Turn mercy into action
– give hope to the world –




Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ



In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis proclaimed that “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” This one line sums up the mystery of the Christian faith that mercy has become “living” and “visible” in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its zenith in Him.


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Eighty-six new catechists
 added to the pool

HONG KONG (SE): The graduation of the 49th class from the Diocesan Catechetical Centre on July 14 added 86 new catechists to the pool of volunteers who accompany people during their preparation for baptism in the diocese.

The centre has been training catechists to work in parishes and schools in Hong Kong for the past 50 years and to date a total of 4,472 people have graduated from what is now a two-year course.

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‘I hereby declare the Year of Faith open…’

 

HONG KONG (SE): “I hereby declare the Year of Faith open,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, proclaimed to the applause of some 7,500 people at a ceremony marking the end of the Year of the Laity and formal opening of the Year of Faith held at AsiaWorld-Expo in Chek Lap Kok.

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Never too late to suggest dialogue Cardinal Tong says

 

ROME (SE): “However oppressive external restrictions are, they cannot corrupt or take away the gift of faith, if there is faith,” John Cardinal Tong Hon told Gianni Valente from Vatican Insider.

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Celebrating the service offered by priests and religious in the diocese

 

HONG KONG (SE): “We offer our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of those who today are celebrating their 70th, 60th, golden and silver jubilees of ordination or entry into the religious life,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at an afternoon tea held in the Caritas Community Hall, Mid-Levels, to mark the long service of priests and religious in the diocese on December 7.

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Dialogue and culture are top priority Cardinal Tong insists

 

HONG KONG (SE): The appeal from the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, to the authorities in Beijing to reopen a dialogue with the Holy See highlights an extremely important issue, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Vatican Insider on October 28 in Rome.

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Synod says Chinese bishop was there in spirit

 

VATICAN (SE): The Synod of Bishops has assured its lone voice from China that his spiritual presence was felt at the gathering despite his physical absence.

Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, from Fengxiang, wrote a letter that was read out to the synod, in which he presented the Church in China as a model of fidelity and devotion despite 50 years of persecution, contrasting it with the tepidness of Catholic people in Europe and in the west, UCA News reported.

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Hong Kong plays host to conference on lay ministry in Chinese communities

 

HONG KONG (SE): A Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry for Chinese-speaking communities from around the world was launched in Hong Kong on October 27 at the Caritas Hall in Caine Road.

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China’s lone voice at synod not enough

 

VATICAN (SE): Even South Sudan, the world’s newest nation was represented at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which is scheduled to conclude on October 27, but one of the world’s oldest civilisations with a bigger population than any other country, China, managed to score only one lone voice, and that by letter.

Bishop Luke Li Jing Feng, from Fengxiang in Shaanxi province, did manage to make an intervention by letter.

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