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Preparations for Youth Festival in full swing

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong is organising a series of activities for the Youth Festival in the second week of July as part of its activities for the Year of Youth. 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung announced the Youth Festival in his Good Shepherd Sunday pastoral letter in April (Sunday Examiner, April 22).
 

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Study camp for the diocesan pastoral sisters

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Teresa Kastner conducted a two-day workshop on Enneagram (personality types) for religious sisters involved in the pastoral work in the diocese of Hong Kong. The workshop was part of a three-day study camp held from May 14 to 16 at the Diocesan Retreat House in Stanley. 
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung also addressed the gathering on Personal conversion and changing our attitudes for better service. 
 

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Elderly labourers taken to cleaners by outsourcing practices

HONG KONG (UCAN): Hong Kong’s mostly elderly cleaners, some in their 80s, are falling victim to outsourcing companies employing them under two-year government contracts.
 
Ming, who is 70-years-old, cleaned public toilets, but was forced to change companies four times in six years by an outsourcing requirement that favours the lowest bidder—with bids usually lowered through contractors minimising labour costs.
 

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Clamp put on priests joining pilgrimages

HONG KONG (SE): With the popularity of pilgrimages overseas on the increase, the diocese of Hong Kong has issued a new regulation for priests working in parishes or in other Church ministries who lead or take part in these journeys. 
 
While there is no question that pilgrimages can deepen the spiritual life of participants and enhance their knowledge of the Church, the new regulation underscores prioritising primary pastoral ministries.
 

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Call to safeguard religious freedom in Hong Kong and China

HONG KONG (SE): Christians in Hong Kong urged the Chinese Government to stop suppressing religious freedom during a prayer service outside the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government, Western District, on the evening of April 30.
 

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A lot more than dollars and pesos

HONG KONG (SE): An announcement by the freshly-minted consul general from The Philippines, Antonio Morales, that the number of Filipino migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong has topped the 200,000 mark, may indeed ring well in the ears of government officials that are busily mooting plans to import up to around 600,000 of them.
 

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St. Paul’s Hospital celebrates 120 years of service

HONG KONG (SE): The Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres celebrated the 120th anniversary of the establishment of St. Paul’s Hospital at a Mass concelebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun and John Cardinal Tong Hon at the adjacent Christ the King Chapel, Causeway Bay, on April 21.
 
St. Paul sisters from different regions were in attendance.
 

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Live in joy Focolare leader tells young people

HONG KONG (SE): Maria Voce, president of Focolare Movement, together with co-president Father Jesús Morán and other members, stopped over in Hong Kong for a week during their Asia tour in March. Voce, who visited Hong Kong for the first time, encouraged young people to live in joy in the Year of Youth.
 
From its headquarters in Rome, Focolare members arrived Hong Kong on March 26 then paid a visit to Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and John Cardinal Tong Hon at the Diocese Centre the next day. 
 

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Bring hope to those living in despair

HONG KONG (SE): “We need to help people. We have the ability granted by God to do so and we should use this to bring hope to those in despair,” Father Louis Ha Ke-loon urged at a prayer service for the housing problem in Hong Kong, held at New Asia College Memorial Garden, Sham Shui Po on March 22. The event was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission under theme, Remain hopeful in face of despair.
 

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Diocesan priest embarks on new missionary journey to Cambodia

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong’s first diocesan missionary priest, Father Paul Kam Po-wai, is embarking on another three-year mission on April 23, this time to Cambodia. He previously worked in Tanzania, in Africa, from 2003 to 2006.
 
A commissioning ceremony was held on April 15 at a packed St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Tsing Yi. 
 

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