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More services needed for families of remarried couples

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council urged people to strengthen support for families of divorced and remarried couples so that the children can be better cared for, during a seminar on March 15.
 
Held at the Duke of Windsor Social Services Building, Wan Chai, the session was part of a parenting education pilot scheme for divorced and remarried parents run by the council over the past 18 months. 
 

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Overseas workers encouraged to pursue their dreams

HONG KONG (SE): With her camera, Joan Pabona, who was a foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong for six years, proved that working overseas does not mean an end to pursuing one’s dreams.
 

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Youth parish groups gather to discuss DOCAT

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the Year of Youth, a seminar on DOCAT, the summary of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church for young people, was held at St. Francis parish, Sham Shui Po on February 23, to help parishes formulate directions in youth pastoral care.
 

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Couples urged to respect life at Humanae Vitae symposium

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), the encyclical of Pope St. Paul VI issued on 25 July 1968, the Diocesan Commission for Marriage and the Family organised a symposium at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tiu Keng Leng, to look at the challenges facing the protection of life today and urged people to respect it.
 
The encyclical addressed such issues as birth control and abortion and laid out the Church’s moral teaching on the sanctity of life. 
 

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Remembering early missionaries in Sai Kung

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Working Committee for Following Thy Way held a seminar, co-organised with the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on early Catholic missionary work in Sai Kung, at the university on February 2. 
 
The committee pointed out that early missionaries not only spread the gospel, but also helped residents of the area with their livelihood problems.
 

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Music an important part of life and liturgy

HONG KONG (SE): The close relationship between music, liturgy and prayer was explored during the Sacredness with Music Symposium (Past, Present, Future) a symposium on sacred music co-organised by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College and the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on January 24 and 25. 
 

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Monsignor Jozic bids farewell to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): For the Catholic Church, he was the de facto representative of the pope to mainland China. Monsignor Ante Jozic, who spent a tempestuous decade in the city of Hong Kong seeking to bridge the great Sino-Vatican divide, has to his credit accomplished a giant leap forward, helping to engineer the signing of the provisional agreement between Beijing and the Holy See in late September last year.
 

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Altar at newly-renovated St. Bonaventure Church blessed

HONG KONG (SE): The new altar of St. Bonaventure Church, Tsz Wan Shan, was blessed on January 26 following the completion of renovation works  in November 2018. Designer, Friar Pierangelo Pagani, expressed his hopes that the renovated chapel with its huge stained glass windows would become an ideal place for people to pray and remember the sacredness and mysteries of God.
 
The Mass was celebrated by Franciscan Father Paul Pang together with Father Michael Woo, the provincial superior of the China province, and a number of other priests.

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Study retreat looks into China situation

HONG KONG (SE): A study retreat was organised for clergy by the Diocese of Hong Kong from January 8 to 10, to deepen their understanding of the situation of the Church in China.
 
With the help of different researchers on the subject, the retreat covered four topics, including the theological principles behind the reforms of Pope Francis, Chinese president Xi Jinping’s policy on religion, the provisional Sino-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops reached on September 22 and the future of the Church in China. 
 

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Praying for rule of law at opening of new Legal Year

HONG KONG (SE): Around 100 people from the legal profession gathered for a prayer service at the opening of the Legal Year 2019 on January 14 at St. John’s Cathedral, Central, at which they prayed for justice and the rule of law.
 
The service, organised by Thomas More Society as well as other legal practitioners’ groups, was officiated by Archbishop Paul Kwong of the Anglican Church and John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator for the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. 
 

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