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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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Caution versus compassion impasse continues

HONG KONG (SE): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong has not spared efforts and words to explain how Vatican officials do not understand the true nature of Chinese leaders and that their rush will harm the church in China. 
 
His recent meeting with the press at the Salesian Mission House, Shau Kei Wan, on February 9 highlighted that China does not respect religious freedom and worry that Pope Francis may involuntarily betray the underground side of the Catholic Church in China.
 

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New provincial council named for Canossians Sisters

HONG KONG (SE): Mother general, Sister Anna Maria Babbini, the congregational leader of The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute, announced the new Provincial Council (2018 to 2021) for the on February 2 in Rome.
 
On the new council are: provincial superior, Sister Regina But Cheuk-yee; vice-provincial, Sister Virginia Wong Pui-ling; and Councillors, Sister Virginia Ip Wai-yin and Sister Lucia Cheung Ching-han.
 

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Free expression stifled at universities

HONG KONG (UCAN): University administrations in Hong Kong are perceived to be tamping down on free expression over fears of breaking political taboos despite the lack of any legal basis to do so, according to a recent report from rights watchdog, Hong Kong Watch. 
 
The report, Academic Freedom in Hong Kong, highlights the moves by the universities in the special administrative region to either remove or pressure controversial academic figures and threaten students over free speech, particularly comments critical of China.

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Gender should not be reassigned bishop says

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, expressed concern that, “Any legislation recognising sex reassignment will result in reverse discrimination,” as he spoke to a representatives from parishes and schools, on issues faced by transgender people in religious, medical and educational areas of life. 
 

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Perpetual commitment on the day of Consecrated Life

HONG KONG (SE): On February 2, the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Sister Anna Rose Pham and Sister Teresa Mary Nguyen, of the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres, made their perpetual professions, at a Mass concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and seven priests from the diocese and Vietnam at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.
 

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Choose appropriate and good songs for Mass

HONG KONG (SE): Around two hundred liturgical music lovers and Church choir members in Hong Kong attended a music workshop by Franciscan Brother Rufino Zaragoza, held at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kennedy Town, on January 21 to brush up on their skills in liturgical singing. The event was organised by the Chaplaincy for Filipino Migrants and co-sponsored by the Franciscan House in Kowloon.
 

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Sunday Examiner should go digital

HONG KONG (SE): Father Josekutty Mathew, who took over Father Jim Mulroney as the deputy editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner, said he hopes to strengthen the readership of the newspaper by making good use of the Internet as well as mobile media. 
 
Father Jose, a Claretian Missionary, was born in Kerala, India. The 44-year-old joined the congregation in 1988. 
 

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Vatican laments confusion and controversy over Church in China

HONG KONG (SE): Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has denied recent allegations of the Vatican selling out the Catholic Church in China in a statement published on Zenit.org on January 30.
 
The Vatican spokesperson denounced the widespread news of a presumed difference of thought and action between the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia on issues relating to China.
 

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