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Cardinal Tong at peace prayer meet in Kyoto

KYOTO (SE): Two days after stepping down as bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon travelled to Kyoto in Japan as a representative of Pope Francis at the 30th annual Prayer Meeting on Mount Hiei, a gathering that brings people from all religions together to pray and work for peace.
 
Cardinal Tong read a letter from Pope Francis, which opened with the words, “It is my pleasure to send my cordial greetings to you and to the distinguished representatives of the different religious traditions.”
 

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With an eye for a Church of the poor

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung spoke with a simplicity and honesty about his new position in his first meeting with the media as bishop of the city on August 2.
In a prepared statement, he thanked his predecessor, John Cardinal Tong Hon, for his half a century of service to the people of Hong Kong then quietly outlined care for the last, the least and the lost as his major pastoral priority for the coming years.
 

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New bishop for Hong Kong

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Hong Kong of Cardinal John Tong Hon. He is to be succeeded by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung...            
(Vatican announcement August 1 at 6.00pm Hong Kong time)

 

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Delegates for Asian Youth Day commissioned

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the delay caused by Typhoon Roke, which blew through Hong Kong on July 23, around 30 young people representing the Hong Kong diocese at Asian Youth Day in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, gathered at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung, to be commissioned at a Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon.
 
The English-speaking community of the parish joined in the celebration, along with representatives from the Indonesian Catholic Community of Hong Kong.
 

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Pushing family life at Book Fair

HONG KONG (SE): Organisations connected with the Catholic Church sponsoring exhibits at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, which is traditionally held during July at the Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, were upbeat on the opening day.
 
Running this year from July 19 to 25, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung opened the Catholic exhibition with a blessing ceremony on the first morning of the fair.
 

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Missionary life on the move comes to an end

Sister Kay Byrne died quietly on the evening of June 28 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in the United States of America. She was 88-years-old and had spent 64 years of her life with Maryknoll.
 
Born Katherine Theresa Byrne in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on 12 March 1929 to Marie Fitzgerald and Philip J. Byrne Jr, she had one brother, Philip J. and one sister, Maryellen. Both her parents and brother predeceased her.
 

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Spurious events for the LegCo

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Social Workers’ Organisation, the Justice and Peace Commission and the Social Concern Group from St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Tsing Yi, as well as around 20,000 people who signed a petition saying that the disqualification is trampling on the election results, have expressed deep concern over the barring of four members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) by the court on July 14.
 

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Typhoon closes churches

HONG KONG (SE): Low black clouds hung over Hong Kong as Sunday July 23 gave birth to the light and at 9.20am, when a Typhoon Number Eight signal was hoisted, many churches in the city began to close their doors.
 
Because of the short notice, this left some people arriving for Masses not knowing that the signal had been hoisted and, finding themselves with nowhere to shelter, were left to their own devices to either return home or find shelter elsewhere.
 

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