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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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Barrier-free religious premises urged for the physically-disadvantaged

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth urged religious organisations to show concern for the needs of the physically-disadvantaged people by providing proper facilities for them.
 
In a press conference at its head office at Wang Tau Hom Estate on February 26, it released a Barrier-Free Religion Guide in cooperation with the Labour and Welfare Bureau, giving detailed information on what facilities are to be provided in different religious premises.
 

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Amendment of extradition law a real threat commission warns

HONG KONG (SE): Jackie Hung Ling-yu, project officer of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong, said she does not believe that the government will be able to protect the people against the abuse of human rights if the proposed amendment of extradition bill is passed.
 

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Bishop calls for public consultation on Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposition

HONG KONG (SE): In a forum looking at the Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation project proposed by the Hong Kong government, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, urged the government to make public welfare the top priority and undertake a thorough consultation with the people of Hong Kong before carrying out the development project.
 

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Scrutiny for three thousand catechumens

HONG KONG (SE): Eight ceremonies of scrutiny were scheduled by the diocese for catechumens on three consecutive Sundays starting March 24 to prepare them for baptism at Easter. More than 2,800 people will be baptised in the diocese this year.
 
A total of 1,720 catechumens, godparents and catechists attended two ceremonies of scrutiny at St. Francis de Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on March 24.
 

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Prayers as Umbrella Movement participants await court verdict

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission, together with a few Protestant church groups, prayed the Way of the Cross as around 400 people processed from Causeway Bay to the Central Government Offices in Tamar Park on March 30, interceding for nine participants of the Umbrella Movement of 2014, as well as Hong Kong.
 

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Diocese issues new guidelines on handling sexual harassment

HONG KONG (SE): A new booklet, containing guidelines on handling complaints about sexual harassment in the diocese has been sent out to parishes so people can inform themselves about Church policy and the avenues available for dealing with complaints. Published in Chinese, an English version is due out soon, 
 
Dated February 20, the guidelines were approved by apostolic administrator, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and are applicable for lay people as well.
 

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More services needed for families of remarried couples

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council urged people to strengthen support for families of divorced and remarried couples so that the children can be better cared for, during a seminar on March 15.
 
Held at the Duke of Windsor Social Services Building, Wan Chai, the session was part of a parenting education pilot scheme for divorced and remarried parents run by the council over the past 18 months. 
 

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