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Centenarian Salesian marks jubilee the goes to final rest

HONG KONG (UCAN): Salesian Father Paul Fong Ting-chung (100 years old) passed away on the evening of August 16 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, the 204th birthday of Don Bosco. 
 
John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, presided over the concelebrated funeral Mass held at St. Antony’s Church, Pokfulam, on August 24. Father Fong, who was 100-years-old, was then laid to rest at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Happy Valley.
 

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Cardinal Ortega the voice of Cuba’s poor dies at 82

VATICAN (CNS): Jaime Cardinal Ortega Alamino, the retired archbishop of Havana, Cuba, was a proud Cuban who pressed for greater freedom for his Church and for an end to the United States (US) embargo on his homeland. He died on July 26 after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 82.
 

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Farewell to the refugee who became a priest

HONG KONG (SE): Oblate Father Peter King passed away on June 22. He was born in Shanghai in 1924, the Year of the Rat. According to the traditional Chinese zodiac, those born in that year are often described as social, quick-witted, always on the go and hard-working. In many ways, this is an apt description of his life and ministry over the past 61 years. 
 

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To live for Christ not ourselves

Every long innings comes to an end and Columban Father John MacGrath ended his time on this earth on June 14 when he succumbed to his long battle with cancer.
 
Although remembered as softly spoken and gentle in his ways, his benign demeanour masked an interior strength, which must have come to the fore as a member of a premiership-winning football team in his youth. It remained within him as a quiet resilience that brought him through the many challenges he faced in his life.
 

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Farewell to Maryknoll China hand

MARYKNOLL (SE): Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll died on 28 May 2019 at Cedar Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Ossining, New York, the United States of Americ. She was 85-years-old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years. 
 
Born in New York City on 22 1933 Sister Carroll graduated from St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx and entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll in 1952.
 

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Jean Vanier humanitarian, philosopher and theologian dead at 90

TORONTO (CNS): Jean Vanier, the author of some 30 books, a member of the Order of Canada, winner of the Templeton Prize, member of France’s Legion of Honour and the founder of the L’Arche communities and co-founder of Faith and Light, died in Paris, France, on May 7.
He had been suffering from cancer and was assisted at a L’Arche facility. He was 90-years-old.
 

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Remembering a joyful missionary

HONG KONG (SE): A Memorial Mass was offered at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, Central on March 19 for the soul of Sister Graciela San Diego of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Angels (MNDA), who passed away on March 5.
 
People also prayed for the soul of Sister Florence Yongi, another MNDA sister who recently died when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10.
 

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Maryknoll centenarian goes home to the Father

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Paulita Hoffmann, died on March 14 at Maryknoll, New York, the United States, she was 104-years-old and had been in the consecreated life for 85 years.
 
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 13 August 2014,  she was a swimming instructor, a Red Cross volunteer and an office worker before entering the Maryknoll Congregation at the Maryknoll Motherhouse in Ossining, NY on 4 June 1933.
 

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De La Salle Brothers bid farewell to a cheerful confrère

HONG KONG (SE): The De La Salle Brothers announced that Brother Alphonsus Breen of the St. Joseph’s College Community in Hong Kong, died on January 5 at Ruttonjee Hospital. He experienced old age with good cheer and graceful, enduring the gradual wearing down of his body with no complaints. He was 88 years old. 
 

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Final rest for faithful servant

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Marie Isabelle Tchang, of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital on 26 December 2018 after a long illness. She was 98-years-old and had been a religious for 67 years.  
 
Born on 1 July 1920 in Kunming, China Sister Tchang entered the Hong Kong Novitiate on 20 July 1948.  After her First Profession, she studied and obtained a Teacher’s Certificate from the newly opened Grantham Teachers’ Training College, now a part of Education University of Hong Kong. 

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