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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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An Irish celebration on Chinese soil

HONG KONG (SE): The Irish community of Hong Kong celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in grand style, beginning with a two-day crafts and culture exhibition on March 10 and 11 at the Comix Homebase in Wan Chai followed by the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade through the streets of Tamar on March 12.

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Walking in faith with the bereaved

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family launched a support programme for bereaved families in January this year.

Run by volunteers who have received training in journeying with people who are mourning a loved one, it is designed to take the bereavement ministry in many parishes a step further.

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Pedalling their way into the Guiness Book of Records

HONG KONG (SE): Leung Shek Chee College in Sau Mau Ping broke the Guinness Book of Records record for generating the most electrical energy pedalling bicycles over an eight-hour period on February 26.

The all out assault on the record included the muscle power of around 1,000 students, alumni and parents, who took turns at riding 35 bikes from 9.15am until 5.15pm.

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A sham that demands attention

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission is urging people to be concerned and take an interest in the selection of the next chief executive, who is set to be chosen from a running pack of three by an elite, small circle Election Committee made up of only 1,194 people on March 26.

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Hong Kong’s twin diocese turns 60

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong’s twin diocese of Essen in Germany celebrated its 60th anniversary of foundation on February 23.

It was pioneer country when the diocese was carved out of Münster, Cologne and Paderborn, encompassing the fast developing coal fields and industrial complex of the Ruhr Valley.

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Putting nature in the context of faith

HONG KONG (SE): The Messengers of Green Consciousness urged people to show their colours and commit themselves to the preservation of nature during Lent.

Father Anthony Chang Sang-loi, the president of the group, spoke with catechumens on the importance of promoting environmental protection at a talk given at St. Vincent’s chapel in Wong Tai Sin on February 24.

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Subtle snub for Cardinal Tong

HONG KONG (UCAN): An article published by John Cardinal Tong Hon in the Sunday Examiner on February 12 suggesting possible ways for Church-state relations in China to move forward appears to have received a subtle snub from Beijing.

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Pray as a human not a machine

HONG KONG (SE): “Some say security, some say comfort, some say love,” Catherine Cheung, from the St. Anne’s Meditation Group at Stanley, reflected in response to a question posed by the leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Father Laurence Freeman, at St. Francis of Assisi in Sham Shui Po on January 22.

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