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A bus that has mercy

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong diocese has invested in a minibus service. Throughout the Year of Mercy the 20 vehicles bearing images of Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis will ply 10 routes around Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories.

The buses are for public use and will charge the standard fare.

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Big welcome for Hong Kong’s newly-baptised

HONG KONG (SE): Over 900 people joined John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong; Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung  and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing; and diocesan chancellor, Father Lawrence Lee Len, at a welcoming event for the newly-baptised of the diocese organised by the Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity at the Southorn Stadium, Wanchai, on May 1. 

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Celebrating the work of human hands

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, a Mass was held at Holy Cross parish, Shau Kei Wan, on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph the husband of Mary, but also the patron saint of workers.

The Mass to celebrate the work of human hands was said by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and Father Gregoire Vignola. It was one event among a series scheduled to mark the jubilee of the commission.

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A call for non-violent resistance

HONG KONG (SE): The Church must display non-violent resistance towards the unjust policies of the government of Hong Kong as a witness to the power public opinion can have in society, as it can serve as a wakeup call to the sleeping consciences of those who normally sit on the sidelines of social issues.

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End of Year of Consecrated Life marked

HONG KONG (SE): Although becoming fewer in number, the presence of religious from various congregations and secular institutes of consecrated life are a precious part of the life of the Church, John Cardinal Tong Hon told a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life on February 2.

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Cooperate with God and break the wall of indifference cardinal urges

HONG KONG (SE): On January 1, the World Day of Peace, John Cardinal Tong Hon urged people to be concerned with the various issues affecting the world and break the wall of indifference.

The bishop of Hong Kong concelebrated the Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and other priests of the diocese, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 

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The Pope Francis Effect on climate negotiations

HONG KONG (SE): Although world leaders gathered in Paris for the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change say that the eyes of the world are on them, judging by the scant coverage in some newspapers most eyes are probably looking elsewhere.

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Columban is a saint for our times

HONG KONG (SE): “Greatness lies in bringing people to God and that is why we venerate the life of St. Columban,” Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing said at a Mass marking the 1,400th anniversary of the death of the sixth and seventh century saint celebrated at St. Joseph’s in Central on November 21.

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Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on December 8

HONG KONG (SE): In preparation for the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy, which will be launched in Hong Kong on December 8, the preparation committee gave a series of briefings between October 30 and November 1 on the objectives and the make up of the planned activities for the coming year.

The year was described as being a time to consciously make an extra effort to live out the meaning of mercy in action.

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People’s Pilgrimage in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): In what is being billed as a first for Hong Kong, the need for action on the environment has become an issue that is embraced by all faiths.

Over 250 people from the Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Baha’i, Sikh, Christian, Brahma Kumari and Hindu faiths gathered to walk for climate action in Lantau on September 28.

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