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Centenary of Fatima marked in Cheung Chau

HONG KONG (SE): People were urged to continue praying for peace in the world during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis marking the centenary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, and John Cardinal Tong Hon took up the same theme at a celebration of the feast day of the parish in Our Lady of Fatima on Cheung Chau on May 13.
 
Around 700 people, many of whom had crossed the seas from Hong Kong and Kowloon, gathered for the annual Mass.
 

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The Vocation Month of May

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocation Commission organised the first of several Masses to mark Vocation Month at Holy Cross parish in Shau Kei Wan on May 7.
 
Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing invited people to pray for young people that they may have the courage and strength to respond bravely to the vocation that God is calling them to.
 

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A decade on from Pope Benedict’s letter to Chinese Catholics

HONG KONG (SE): The letter, which has now become the text book for the Church in China penned by Pope Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics in 2007, is as important today as it was 10 years ago.
 
Speakers at a seminar held on May 7 in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary, said that it should be re-read as a source of wisdom in looking at what path the Church in China should follow.
 

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New deacon from Cameroon

HONG KONG (SE): Flavien Ulrich Bouambe, from Cameroon in Africa, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung on May 13 at St. Jerome’s parish, Tin Shui Wai.
 
A member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CiCM) Reverend Bouambe was born into a Catholic family. He has four brothers and one younger sister.
 

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Caritas thanks its supporters

HONG KONG (SE): At a simple ceremony held in the Caritas Community Hall at its offices in Caine Road on May 12, Caritas thanked those who have worked to support its social services over the past year and presented recognition awards to groups that were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its city-wide Bazaar Season.
 

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Cardinal pushes synod among the young

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, encouraged young people in Hong Kong to get involved in the preparation process for the next synod gathering, which is to be held in Rome in October 2018 on the topic of Young people, faith and vocational discernment.
 

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Hong Kong’s only blessed honoured in his hometown

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former residence in Sicily of Blessed Gabriele Allegra (1907 to 1976), the Italian Franciscan priest and bible scholar who produced the first Catholic translation of the bible in Chinese, will be converted into a pilgrimage site partly courtesy of the generosity of Catholic people in China.
 
Gabriel’s Fra Le Genti, an association formed in honour Father Allegra, announced that custody of his former residence in Sicily was transferred to it on May 10 this year.
 

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A five-year-old’s outreach to hungry children

‘We never believed that a five-year-old girl could do anything to change the world, but something happened to change our minds’

HONG KONG (SE): When five-year-old Audrey heard during the Easter holidays that a four-year-old called Alexandra had helped in fund-raising for children suffering from cancer by selling lemonade in the United States of America, the news that three million children die of malnutrition each year raised questions in her five-year-old mind.








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Domestic workers’ sleep marred by legal loopholes

HONG KONG (SE): Groups monitoring the rights of foreign migrant workers in Hong Kong have long pointed to problematic areas of the code of practice that covers their employment, noting that despite much huff and puff from both governments and consulates, the situation continues to deteriorate.
 

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Celebrating The Progress of Peoples

HONG KONG (SE): The 50th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical of Pope Paul VI, The Progress of Peoples (Populorum Progressio), was marked at the Vatican with a two-day symposium from April 3 to 4.
 
In his landmark encyclical, which brought a fresh spirit into the life of the Church on the ground, Pope Paul called on nations to begin a dialogue of mutual understanding with each other, something he said is especially important for wealthy nations in their dealings with people from developing economies.
 

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