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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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Protest makes airport a no-fly zone

HONG KONG (SE): Anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong reached a new peak as what should have been only a three-day sit-in protest at the arrivals hall of Hong Kong International Airport, ending on August 11, grew to a point where the Airport Authority was forced to shut down operations on the afternoons of August 12 and 13 bringing one of the busiest airports in the world to a standstill. 
 

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Church runs workshops on emotional well being

HONG KONG (SE): There were 231 attendees at a workshop designed to help people deal with their feelings and conflicts with family or friends due to differing views about the extradition bill and related issues. It was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on August 4. 
 

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My reflection on Hong Kong’s situation

Many years ago Lee Kuan Yew said that the bond that binds society is very fragile—what unites us as people and prevents us from killing each other out of jealousy or envy can easily be broken. An equal playing field is important—everyone has a chance to succeed through education and equal opportunities. Society can easily be torn by issues of race, language, and religion. 
 








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Project to restore former glory of Pokfulam kicked off

HONG KONG (SE): The groundbreaking ceremony of a project to revitalise the old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters in Pokfulam, and turn it into a living museum was held on July 29. The project is run by Caritas Hong Kong in cooperation with Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Limited.
 
Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, chief executive of Caritas-Hong Kong, said he believes the revitalisation scheme of the 128-year-old building can show off the old culture of Pokfulam as well as the history of the early Church there.
 

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Calls for cooling off period at candlelight rally

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,200 people marched from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, to the Court of Final Appeal, Central, on August 8 in a candlelight rally to pray for justice and peace in society amid the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 

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Chinese state media targets Hong Kong Catholics

HONG KONG (UCAN): Chinese state media in Hong Kong accused Catholics in Hong Kong of supporting protesters in the increasingly violent unrest arising from the government’s now-suspended extradition bill.
 
A video was posted on the Internet showing eight students taking part in air gun target practice while parading an American flag on the rooftop of Yu Chun Keung Memorial College, a diocesan school.
 

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Church of Christ in China condemns police violence

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China issued a statement on August 12 condemning the excessive force used by the police in their operations to disperse and arrest protesters on August 11, which it believes shows a lack of concern for public safety.
 

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Violence will only generate more violence bishop warns

HONG KONG (SE): While protests against the now-suspended extradition bill have entered a new phase of more violent clashes and a citywide strike, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, said during a Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Wanchai, on August 5, that political problems have to be solved by political means and that any attempt to calm down public sentiment using the police will not work. He also urged Christians to be the instruments of peace amid the chaos.
 

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