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Excitement at beginning nostalgia at ending

HONG KONG (SE): The education of a child begins not with acquiring knowledge, but with the challenge of learning how to learn and, as the principle of St. Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay, Sister Margaret Wong, pointed out at speech day on November 23, it is a challenge that never goes away.
 

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Diocese to oppose gender reassignment

HONG KONG (SE): At what was billed as a consultation on proposed changes to the law regarding recognition of gender for people commonly referred to as transgender on September 30, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing said that the diocese wants to convey a united stance opposed to any recognition.
 
A working group was set up by the diocese in mid-August to come up with a response to the government working paper prepared by an Inter-Departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition.
 

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Bringing schools and parishes closer together

HONG KONG (SE): Around 230 school pastoral workers, teachers and principals from Catholic education institutes in Hong Kong, together with parish youth leaders and priests joined a forum for young people at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, on July 15.
 

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Commissioned to protect life

HONG KONG (SE): At a Mass celebrated at the cathedral on May 31 to mark Pro-Life Day, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, challenged all organisations in the diocese to be promoters of life.
 
It is the first time that the diocese has formally marked Pro-Life Day. In his message, which was published at the end of April, the cardinal stressed that human life should be protected from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.
 

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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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Wish list for the New Year

HONG KONG (SE): Hopes for a chief executive that will protect the core values of Hong Kong society were expressed by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing at a New Year gathering of the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders on February 16.

At their annual New Year gathering, representatives of the Colloquium expressed their good wishes for Hong Kong society at a gathering attended by around 200 people from various religious traditions at the Church of Christ in China Kei Wa Primary School, Kowloon.

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A weekend to show off Mother Teresa’s charism

HONG KONG (SE): An exhibition on the life of Mother Teresa of Kolkata was held from September 3 to 4 at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, to help people to understand and appreciate the life of the woman known to the world as the Saint of the Poor better.

Organised by the Ad Hoc Committee for the Jubilee of Mercy, it featured the foundation years of the Missionaries of Charity and the services to the poor that the congregation developed across the world.

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Legion honours the pioneering inspiration of Frank Duff

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass to mark the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Mary was celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi parish, Sham Shui Po, on September 4.

Led by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing; Father Francis Tam Kam-wing, the spiritual director of the Legion of Mary Hong Kong Comitium; together with a number of spiritual directors from the legion; over 1,000 legionaires attended the celebratory Mass.

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Bishop writes to people in prison

HONG KONG (SE): “The majority of people in Hong Kong prisons eventually are offered the grace of walking through the holy door as an experience of joy after a long sorrow,” Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a gathering of people who work in the prison ministry held at the cathedral on August 28.

The auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong added that before they get the chance to walk through the big gate to freedom, they must accept the consequences of their crimes.

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