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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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A new dignity for the miscarried

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has received permission from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for the creation of an Angel Garden at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Chai Wan where the parents of children who were miscarried prior to the 24th week of pregnancy can be receive a proper burial for their child.
 
Under current practice, a foetus that is miscarried prior to 24 weeks is defined as medical waste and disposed of accordingly.
 

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Hidden tragedy and miracle of care

 HONG KONG (SE): From its perch high on a hilltop, the modern façade of the Caritas Jockey Club Lai King Rehabilitation Centre gleams in the sunshine as it surveys the township and docklands of Kwai Chung in the New Territories.

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My precious moment

I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm16:8). This reading from the Psalms is related to my real life.








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Tai O celebrates 80 years of life in faith

What does the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help mean? Not many may know! Father Joseph Ng Chi-yeun SDB explained the tradition behind the icon to a gathering a pilgrims in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in Tai O during its 80th anniversary celebrations on May 20.
 
The image, an icon painted on wood, originated around the 13th century. The icon depicts our Blessed Mother Mary, under the title Mother of God, holding the Child Jesus.
 








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Democracy is product of love

HONG KONG (SE): Even before we pursue democracy for our country, we seek to build a society that is faithful to God, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a prayer gathering at the kiosk in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4.
 
Speaking prior to the annual candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who died before the guns of China’s military in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 28 years ago, he said that some may have lost hope because there has been no democratic progress, but before democracy must come love for God and country.

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Beijing can’t be challenged Hong Kong told

HONG KONG (UCAN): The one country, two systems principle has always been problematic, variously described as a straight out contradiction or an abstract concept.
 
But on May 27, when Zhang Dejiang, the coordinator of the National People’s Congress, warned Hong Kong not to confront the central government, the project officer for the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, went even further, calling the principle empty words.
 

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World Day of Prayer for China

HONG KONG (SE): In Hong Kong the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China was marked with a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal John Tong Hon, and one at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen on May 24.

People gathered at the two Masses prayed for the leaders in Chinese society, asking that they may be inspired to respect religious belief, social freedom and personal liberty.

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