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In support of anti-death penalty bid

HONG KONG (UCAN): Italian-born Father Franco Mella of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, and along with other advocates attempted to lodge a petition at the Consulate-General of Japan and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong seeking the abolition of the death penalty with representatives of the governments of both Japan and China.
 
Personnel at both locations refused to accept the petition from the petitioners who were singing and shouting slogans, on October 10, the World Day against the Death Penalty.

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Banned in China but name up in lights

HONG KONG (UCAN): Liang Liang has named a restaurant he opened in Jiangmen City, Guangdong province, Franco Mella, after the Italian missionary from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, Father Franco Mella.

However, Father Mella has not been able to relish its culinary delights, as he has been barred from visiting China since 2011.

Liang got to know Father Mella when he was working in Jiangmen City during the 1990s.

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Who lit the fires that boiled the Mong Kok blood?

HONG KONG (SE): As the blood boiled in the veins of a group in Mong Kok on the evening of the Lunar New Year, February 8, the police arrested 70 or so people.

But Father Franco Mella asked at a Mass celebrated in Chater Road in Central on February 21, why does the government stop at demonising their behaviour without questioning its own role in lighting the fire that heated their blood to boiling point.

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Scribbled lyrics of a street musician

HONG KONG (SE): Well known for his persistent support of the downtrodden in Hong Kong, Father Franco Mella showed another side of his persona with a recital of songs of his own composition at the Ngau Chi Civic Centre on the evening of December 26.

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Anniversary Mass at Occupy epicentre

HONG KONG (SE): On the first anniversary of the launch of Occupy Central, a Mass was offered outside the government headquarters on the spot described as being the epicentre of the 79-day rally.

The Mass was celebrated on the same site at which people had gathered for the Eucharist on the opening day of the demonstration and then each Sunday during the 79-day sit-in.

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