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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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Centre for the disabled marks silver jubilee

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled, Homantin, celebrated its silver jubilee on October 27 with an open day.
 
During a sharing session, Peggy Fung Pui-kay, chairperson of the centre, talked about its services, which include a Mass for the physically disadvantaged on the first Sunday of the month followed by lunch. She invited people to volunteer to help.
 
Veteran volunteers then spoke about the skills needed to help physically disadvantaged and visually-impaired people on an outing.

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Canossian sister returns to the Lord

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Susanna Yeung of Canossian Daughter of Charity, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 25, at the age of 71, at the Jesuit retreat venue, Xavier House, in Cheung Chau, just a few days after starting her month of Spiritual Exercises.
 
Born in Hainan, China, on 11 October 1947, Sister Yeung joined the Canossian religious family in Hong Kong in 1967 and made her first profession on 14 September 1970. 
 

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Beijing symposium marks 50th anniversary of Chinese-language bible

Hong Kong (UCAN): Various Church groups from mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have been organising seminars and symposiums in honour of the 50th anniversary original translation—of the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek sources into Chinese by the Studium Biblicum OFM in Hong Kong.
 
The Studium Biblicum Version, is the predominant Chinese-language translation of the Bible used by Chinese Catholics.
 

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Music to celebrate 130th anniversary of the cathedral

HONG KONG (SE): A thanksgiving concert was held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on October 14 to celebrate its 130th anniversary.
 
A number of Catholic musicians, the Cathedral Joint Choirs, the Good Hope School Choir as well as the Chummy Choir were invited to perform that day.
 
Under the leadership of musical director, Viola Yuen Wing-ling, the concert featured performances on instruments such as the trumpet, violin, cello, pipe organ, hand bells and harp. 
 

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Celebrating the Transitus of St. Francis

HONG KONG (SE): The Franciscan congregations in Hong Kong and Macau celebrated their annual Transitus (passage through death to life) of St. Francis of Assisi on September 29 in Macau. 
 
Upon arrival in Macau, the group visited Our Lady of Fatima Girl’s School, then after lunch, they proceeded to the community of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels in Toishan. 
 
Our Lady of Fatima Parish was the next stop. 
 

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Young people called to mission

HONG KONG (SE): For the Diocesan Year of Youth, the deaneries of the Church in Hong Kong invited young people to come together and take part in Mission Sunday activities on October 21 and to help proclaim the Good News to others.
 

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Bauhinia Star award for selfless priest

HONG KONG (SE): Among the 282 people named in the Hong Kong government’s 2018 Honours List on July 1, was Father Giosuè Bonzi, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), who was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) along with 39 others, for outstanding service over a long period of time. 
 
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor, presented the honours and awards during a ceremony at Government House on October 27.
 

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Migrants urged to be missionaries

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, bishop of Hong Kong, called on migrant workers to be missionaries and bear witness to God in their daily lives during the annual migrants’ day celebration on Mission Sunday at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay on October 22.
 
Over 600 migrant workers gathered for the Mass which was concelebrated by nine priests working for the Filipino, Indonesian, Indian, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese communities in Hong Kong. 
 

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