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Ecological spirituality is born out of action

HONG KONG (SE): A group set up to study the apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudate Si), says that it believes it has had an effect on every day Catholics.

The group said that the pope’s message reveals more awareness of, care and concern for nature, the environment and the situation of the marginalised, and provides encouragement to Church organisations to continue promoting environmental awareness.

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A Christmas message from Cardinal Tong

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Christmas is approaching. As we contemplate the beautiful scene of the Holy Family, immersed in peace and serenity, with the Infant Jesus in a manger, we cannot but recall the many events that, in sharp contrast, have taken place in Hong Kong, our home, over the past several years.

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Association of Children of Mary closes but parish branches remain open

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass was celebrated by Father Cyril Cheung Lok-tin at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Tai Po to mark the official closing of the Association of the Children of Mary on January 1, but the six parish-based branches in the diocese say they will continue operating the services they have been performing, as well as recruit new membership.

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Death Notice

Hong Kong (SE): Brother Edward Kowala, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on February 10 at Canossa Hospital. He was 90-years-old.

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Transforming a week of prose into epic magic

HONG KONG (SE): In welcoming guests to the first of five independent movies screened in Spotlight: Philippine Cinema 2017 on February 8, Alice Mong, the director of the Asia Society in Hong Kong, said that it is not sufficient to build bridges between Asia and the west, as we also need to concentrate on creating better understanding among Asian countries.

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Energy and joy hallmarks of the Sportsfest

HONG KONG (SE): Sport and exercise proved a good mix in generating a lot of vigour and prompting much joy among participants at the annual Sportsfest organised by the Simbayanan-KAMMPI at the Young Men’s Christian Association Wu Kai Sha Youth Village on January 30.

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Centenary of Marian apparition marked

HONG KONG (SE): A statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was blessed by Pope Francis on January 11 this year was the guest of honour at a celebration held at St. Joseph’s in Central of the centenary of her appearance at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

The gathering was reminded of the importance of reflecting on their lives and the need for conversion, which is the central message of the Marian apparition in the Portuguese village 100 years ago.

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Mercy and forgiveness

For nearly the whole of 2016, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrated the Jubilee of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis in 2015 to promote the spirit of universal pardon in the world and remission of sins among the faithful.








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New chief executive waits for the nod

BANGKOK (SE): Over the past few years it has been becoming increasingly apparent that the intensified programme of crushing dissent by the president of China, Xi Jinping, has penetrated the border with Hong Kong and spread its invasive tentacles into the society of the special administrative region.

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A new found poet among us

HONG KONG (SE): Many people in later life decide to try their hand at something new and De La Salle Brother Patrick Tierney, the principal of La Salle College in Kowloon and director of the Lasallian Family in the city, has, during the past few years, turned his way with words into poetry.

He has recently published a collection of 100 poems and on January 16 a display featuring 16 of them was held at the offices of the Consulate General of Ireland to Hong Kong and Macau in Central.

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