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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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Protests no excuses for denial of migrants’ holidays

HONG KONG (SE): As protests against the now-suspended extradition bill have spread to wider districts during weekends, a migrant rights group has expressed its concern about employers denying workers’ holidays under the pretext of worrying about their workers’ safety in different areas. 
 

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Prayers for peace as the city witnesses increased protest violence

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, led around 800 people in a prayer for peace and healing during a Mass concelebrated with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, Father Peter Choy Wai-man and nearly 20 priests from the diocese at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on August 23..
 

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Give your lives to the young people says Salesian rector major

HONG KONG (SE): Father Ángel Fernández Artime, rector major of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), officiated at a ceremony marking the birth anniversary of St. John Bosco as well as the anniversaries of religious professions on August 16 in Hong Kong, during his trip to the China province from August 11 to 17. 
 
Father Artime arrived on August 15 to a warm welcome by members of the Salesian Youth Movement at the Salesian Missionary House in Shau Kei Wan. 
 

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Church bells chime for Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Church bells across Hong Kong will ring out at 1:00pm on Sunday, September 1 to call on the faithful to pray for the city and especially for its young people. Lee Sen, the media person who launched the campaign, said she chose the date as it is the last Sunday of the summer holidays. 
 
The Churches of different denominations have agreed to ring the bells of their churches in unison to remind people of their duty to care for their fellow human beings. 
 

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Hong Kong in the heart

Gianni Criveller
 
For more than two months, Hong Kong has been in the hearts of millions of people around the world who love the city. Something serious happens every day; every Sunday there is a protest with hundreds of thousands of people. 
 
No one knows how it will end. It seems that the situation has gotten out of hand. There is no one able to control events and incidents, which increase in number and intensity.
 








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Summer of discontent spreads to Australian winter

MELBOURNE (SE): On August 16, young Hong Kong people living in Australia took the call of their compatriots at home into the streets, holding simultaneous rallies in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide calling for support among the local community for the 11-week long summer of discontent in the special administrative region.
 

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A dead bill and a broken city

UNREST OVER THE controversial extradition bill have entered the third month. Over a month ago, protesters set five demands before the Hong Kong SAR government. However, protesters lament that there has been “no response” to any of the five demands and so the fight must go on. The truth is that the government did respond, although not to the extent desired. Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, declared, “The bill is dead.” 
 








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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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