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Catholic population grows faster than Mass attendance

HONG KONG (SE): The number of Catholics in Hong Kong has passed the 590,000 mark, an increase of some 5,000 over 2015, the latest statistics released by the Hong Kong Catholic Church Directory 2017 published in January this year indicate.

The latest calculation by the diocese shows that as at August 2016, there were around 591,000 Catholics in Hong Kong. Among them 389,000 local residents are listed.

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What about the workers?

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs issued a petition in February calling for more concern and attention from the new chief executive to be given grassroots society than has been receiving up until now.

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An unassuming yet brilliant missionary

LECCO (SE): A long-time missionary to Hong Kong, Italian-born Father Fernando Galbiati, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (pime), lost his battle with cancer on February 18.

Born on 14 November 1932 in the Bussero district of Milan, Father Galbiati was the superior general of pime during a highly productive time of growth, which sadly also saw great tragedies between 1983 and 1989.

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Widely varied reaction to Cardinal Tong

HONG KONG (SE): The future of the Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view published by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, in the Sunday Examiner on February 12 is reminiscent of a university debate where one team sets up and defends a hypothetical argument and the other attacks it.

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World president of Serra visits Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Dante Vannini, the president of Serra International, a worldwide organisation that works to keep the issue of religious vocation on the agenda in local Churches, told the Kung Kao Po on January 19 that the development of religious vocation lies in family, Church life and witness in society.

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Connecting the struggle of ecumenism with people’s struggle for livelihood

HONG KONG (SE): During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which concluded on January 25, the diocese of Hong Kong participated in three main functions to celebrate the ecumenical movement among various Christian denominations in the city.

A prayer service was held in English at the Union Church in Kowloon followed by one in Cantonese at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay and then a breakfast for the leaders of the various denominations.

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Consulate fluffs but workers pay

HONG KONG (SE): It is a double whammy for overseas foreign workers,” Dolores Balladares, from United Filipinos Hong Kong, said of the failure of the Philippine Consulate General to ensure migrant workers filled out the correct forms for the Hong Kong Immigration Department when renewing their job contracts.

The contracts need to be processed by the Philippine authorities before they can be sent to the Hong Kong government office for approval.

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Association of Children of Mary closes but parish branches remain open

HONG KONG (SE): A Mass was celebrated by Father Cyril Cheung Lok-tin at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Tai Po to mark the official closing of the Association of the Children of Mary on January 1, but the six parish-based branches in the diocese say they will continue operating the services they have been performing, as well as recruit new membership.

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Death Notice

Hong Kong (SE): Brother Edward Kowala, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on February 10 at Canossa Hospital. He was 90-years-old.

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Transforming a week of prose into epic magic

HONG KONG (SE): In welcoming guests to the first of five independent movies screened in Spotlight: Philippine Cinema 2017 on February 8, Alice Mong, the director of the Asia Society in Hong Kong, said that it is not sufficient to build bridges between Asia and the west, as we also need to concentrate on creating better understanding among Asian countries.

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