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Church runs workshops on emotional well being

HONG KONG (SE): There were 231 attendees at a workshop designed to help people deal with their feelings and conflicts with family or friends due to differing views about the extradition bill and related issues. It was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on August 4. 
 

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My reflection on Hong Kong’s situation

Many years ago Lee Kuan Yew said that the bond that binds society is very fragile—what unites us as people and prevents us from killing each other out of jealousy or envy can easily be broken. An equal playing field is important—everyone has a chance to succeed through education and equal opportunities. Society can easily be torn by issues of race, language, and religion. 
 








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Project to restore former glory of Pokfulam kicked off

HONG KONG (SE): The groundbreaking ceremony of a project to revitalise the old Dairy Farm Senior Staff Quarters in Pokfulam, and turn it into a living museum was held on July 29. The project is run by Caritas Hong Kong in cooperation with Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Limited.
 
Father Joseph Yim Tak-lung, chief executive of Caritas-Hong Kong, said he believes the revitalisation scheme of the 128-year-old building can show off the old culture of Pokfulam as well as the history of the early Church there.
 

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Calls for cooling off period at candlelight rally

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,200 people marched from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, to the Court of Final Appeal, Central, on August 8 in a candlelight rally to pray for justice and peace in society amid the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 

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Chinese state media targets Hong Kong Catholics

HONG KONG (UCAN): Chinese state media in Hong Kong accused Catholics in Hong Kong of supporting protesters in the increasingly violent unrest arising from the government’s now-suspended extradition bill.
 
A video was posted on the Internet showing eight students taking part in air gun target practice while parading an American flag on the rooftop of Yu Chun Keung Memorial College, a diocesan school.
 

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Church of Christ in China condemns police violence

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China issued a statement on August 12 condemning the excessive force used by the police in their operations to disperse and arrest protesters on August 11, which it believes shows a lack of concern for public safety.
 

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Violence will only generate more violence bishop warns

HONG KONG (SE): While protests against the now-suspended extradition bill have entered a new phase of more violent clashes and a citywide strike, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, said during a Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Wanchai, on August 5, that political problems have to be solved by political means and that any attempt to calm down public sentiment using the police will not work. He also urged Christians to be the instruments of peace amid the chaos.
 

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Parishes places of refuge amid Hong Kong’s protest storm

HONG KONG (SE): A number of Hong Kong’s parishes have been opening their doors during the series of protests against the government’s now-suspended extradition bill, giving people a place to pray and rest. Parish priests pointed out that it is incumbent on parishes to offer help when there is an emergency and that it is not a political gesture.
 

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Hong Kong’s young Catholics fight for their future

Hong Kong (UCAN): Young Catholics are making their presence felt in Hong Kong’s rolling tide of protests demanding the permanent withdrawal of the government’s badly handled Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill which puts forward changes would allow extraditions to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no extradition agreements including mainland China.
 

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Hong Kong a sacrificial victim

CLAUDE LEVI STRAUSS, who studied the ancient anthropological underpinnings of modern behaviour, has cited the examples of ancient tribes who used to exchange women in order to stop a war between two tribes as a token of settlement. The one who receives booty treats the woman as they please.