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Bishops of Hong Kong and Macau discuss Sino-Vatican relations with pope

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, together with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, bishop of Macau, during their ad limina visit on the morning of June 23 for an hour and 14 minutes the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, Kung Kao Po, reported.
 
Together with the pope and the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, they discussed the ongoing dialogue with China.
 

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Every life is sacred

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, presided over the Pro-Life Day Eucharistic celebration on May 31, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 
 
Organised for the second time by the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, this year over 500 people came together to pray for and pledge to promote life. 
 

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God walks with us in our vocation

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong celebrated the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations with different activities on April 21 and 22. The events were organised by the Diocesan Commission for Vocations.
 

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Share the gospel by living it bishop says

HONG KONG (SE): “Sharing the gospel does not mean merely sharing the knowledge of it, instead it invites the faithful to share their lives lived according to gospel values,” said Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the bishop of Hong Kong, in his homily during the Chrism Mass on March 29. 
 
Over 1,000 people packed the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road for the celebration on Holy Thursday. 
 

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Catechumens exhorted to live in the light of Christ

Hong Kong (SE): On March 11, St. Andrew’s Church hosted the Rite of Scrutiny, officiated by auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-sing. During his homily the bishop exhorted the catechumens not to forget what they learned during their catechumenate journey and to rely on Christ to live in the light of Christ, which they receive in the Sacraments of Initiation.  
 

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Gender should not be reassigned bishop says

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, expressed concern that, “Any legislation recognising sex reassignment will result in reverse discrimination,” as he spoke to a representatives from parishes and schools, on issues faced by transgender people in religious, medical and educational areas of life. 
 

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Hong Kong lay missionary returns to serve in Kenya

HONG KONG (SE): Stephanie Chan Sin-ying, a lay missionary from Hong Kong was commissioned by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing as a missionary to Kenya, Africa, for three years during a ceremony Holy Spirit Seminary Chapel on January 13. 
 
She previously spent eight years on mission to Kenya before returning to Hong Kong in 2012 to pursuing her doctoral studies.
 

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God’s love at the end of life’s journey

HONG KONG (SE): Around 700 medical practitioners and pastoral workers from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan participated in the fifth Bioethics Conference on how to care for terminally ill patients and their families in the love of God. 
 
The conference, held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, from December 9 to 10, was organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College, the Diocesan Committee for Bioethics and other organisations. 
 

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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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