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Calls for cooling off period at candlelight rally

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,200 people marched from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, to the Court of Final Appeal, Central, on August 8 in a candlelight rally to pray for justice and peace in society amid the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 

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Violence will only generate more violence bishop warns

HONG KONG (SE): While protests against the now-suspended extradition bill have entered a new phase of more violent clashes and a citywide strike, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, said during a Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Wanchai, on August 5, that political problems have to be solved by political means and that any attempt to calm down public sentiment using the police will not work. He also urged Christians to be the instruments of peace amid the chaos.
 

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Mass for peace in Yuen Long

HONG KONG (SE): Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing exhorted a jam-packed gathering at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Yuen Long, to always remember the peace given by Jesus Christ in times of unrest, even as the crisis in Hong Kong continues. 
 

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Bishop Ha urges Friday fasting, abstinence and prayers

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing has urged people to pray and fast every Friday during this summer holiday in intercession for the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 
In a July 12 interview with the online youth forum, Boiling Point, the bishop encouraged people to pray for the city’s young people and to journey with them during the months of July and August. 
 

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Church leaders call for independent inquiry and withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the June 18 apology of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, apology for the disputes and anxiety that resulted from her handling of the controversial extradition bill, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and Reverend So Shing-yit, chairperson of the Hong Kong Christian Council, issued a statement on July 19 accepting Lam’s personal and public apology along with the admission of her inadequacies. 
 

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Washing the feet of the prisoners

HONG KONG (SE): “Nourish hope and do not give up,” was the Easter message of Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, for the inmates of the correctional institutions in Hong Kong. He was addressing a group of inmates and volunteers at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Chai Wan, on Easter Monday, April 22. 
 

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Showing joy in the consecrated life

HONG KONG (SE): Over 300 people took part in a Eucharistic procession, organised by the Diocesan Vocation Commission, along the Shing Mun River in Shatin, to pray for vocations to the religious and consecrated life on May 4.
 
The programme under the theme, Rejoice in Consecrated Life, inspired by the 2018 apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Rejoice and Be Glad, began with a number of cultural performances by priests and nuns at St. Benedict’s Church, Shatin. 
 

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Bishop calls for public consultation on Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposition

HONG KONG (SE): In a forum looking at the Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation project proposed by the Hong Kong government, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, urged the government to make public welfare the top priority and undertake a thorough consultation with the people of Hong Kong before carrying out the development project.
 

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Youth parish groups gather to discuss DOCAT

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the Year of Youth, a seminar on DOCAT, the summary of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church for young people, was held at St. Francis parish, Sham Shui Po on February 23, to help parishes formulate directions in youth pastoral care.
 

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A walk to support vocations

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Commission for Vocations organised a walk to promote vocations on December 26, in which around 500 participants taking different routes, walked to Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen.
 
Different parishes, schools and religious institutes joined the event. Led by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, around 200 people started their journey from Aberdeen Technical School reciting rosary. Other groups were required to take a route no less than an hour from the seminary. 
 

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