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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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Approaching China with healthy realism

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the new bishop of Hong Kong, has described his approach to dealing with China as one of healthy realism that must consider ongoing talks between the Vatican and Beijing.
 
The 71-year-old Bishop Yeung was keen to remind people that he is neither a diplomat nor engaged in Vatican-Beijing negotiations and added that he would not rock the boat in terms of relations between the Church and China.
 

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Feast day Mass for Mother Teresa

HONG KONG (SE): Over 200 people, including residents and volunteers of the Home of Love, a centre for the homeless at Sham Shui Po, as well as parishioners, joined the sisters of The Missionaries of Charity in marking the feast day of St. Teresa of Kolkata at Our Lady of China parish, Tai Kok Tsui, on September 5.
 
Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung who expressed his appreciation for Mother Teresa as she manifested great love in her life by caring for the poorest in society. 
 

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Church urged to generate less waste

HONG KONG (SE): Catholic organisations were urged to use less disposable products especially during its large-scale activities at a forum and Mass organised by the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Wong Tai Sin, on September 1.
 
The Mass also marked the Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, when Christians around the world undertake to pray and take action for the benefit of creation.
 

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Employed but living in the street

HONG KONG (UCAN): Having a job in Hong Kong is no guarantee of any stability in life, as a significant number of people who are employed do not earn enough to rent shelter.
 
This is perhaps the most visual manifestation of the disparity in the distribution of wealth in the city, which new statistics show is still widening.
 
The numbers of the employed homeless is increasing, because the money they earn is just enough for food and other basics, with insufficient left for rental accommodation.
 

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The habit of commitment

HONG KONG (SE): Two members of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sister Maria Corazon Liwanag and Sister Maria Francis Lee Kar-yee, made their final profession at a Mass at St. Alfred’s in Tai Wai on August 11.
 
Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing said there is no need for any explanation other than love for Jesus and God to describe the determination of the two sisters, or others who lead a consecrated life, to make their final profession.
 

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New guidelines for faith formation

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong issued a new set of guidelines on April 17 this year covering the faith formation of young children, the celebration of the sacraments and the liturgy, as well as the ongoing formation of adults after they have received the sacrament of baptism.
 
On August 20, a forum on the development of faith formation for young children, sponsored by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre and Diocesan Catechetical Commission, was held at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu.
 

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Twinning of young people

HONG KONG (SE): Around 25 young people from Hong Kong’s twin diocese in Germany paid a visit to Hong Kong between August 17 and 21 to promote the friendship that has existed between Hong Kong and Essen since the early 1950s.
 
The group visited the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 18 and met for a discussion with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.
 

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