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Memorial Mass for Liu Xiaobo

HONG KONG (UCAN): Over 700 people gathered on July 18 to mourn the death of the Chinese Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo, whom they had adopted as a prophet and embraced as a martyr when he died under police surveillance after eight years of imprisonment on July 13.
 
A memorial Mass celebrated by Father Louis Ha Ke-loon was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission at Holy Cross parish in Sai Wan Ho on July 18 with five other priests and four permanent deacons.
 

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Adopted as prophet embraced as martyr

HONG KONG (SE): The question, “Do you think the Chinese government will release him now?” that was asked on the evening of 10 December 2010 in Oslo, Norway, when an empty chair sat in its lonely position on the stage at the presentation of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Liu Xiaobo has now been definitively answered.
 

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Hong Kong plays up the terror threat

HONG KONG (UCAN): On June 28, the day prior to the arrival of the president of China, Xi Jinping, in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the British colony to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, police were busily filling the tanks of the two-ton barricades lining streets around sensitive spots with water.
 

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Indonesian community celebrates 29th birthday

HONG KONG (SE): The Sacred Heart of Jesus Indonesian Catholic Community celebrated its 29 anniversary with a Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon on July 2, marking the years of the Indonesian community’s journeying in Hong Kong.
 
The chaplain to the Indonesian community, Father Heribertus Hadiarto, together with Father Nicolas De Francqueville and Father Wa Wan joined Cardinal Tong in celebrating the Mass at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.
 

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A two-decade litmus test for Beijing

HONG KONG (SE): What was intended as a showpiece for the world of the progress made by Hong Kong during two decades of Chinese sovereignty on the 20th anniversary of the handover from the British did little more than demonstrate the deepened tensions over the innovative One Country, Two Systems principle dreamed up by Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s.
 

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Face challenges with faith commission urges

HONG KONG (SE): In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, Christians have been urged to care for marginalised people and value the formation of young people.
 
In a statement published in Kung Kao Po on June 18, the Justice and Peace Commission said that Hong Kong people have been facing increasingly tough situations since the handover, which makes it all the more imperative for Christians in Hong Kong cling to their faith and Catholic social teaching.
 

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Challenges of post-handover Hong Kong

Over the past 20 years, Hong Kong has experienced many ups and downs. Some people believe that we should celebrate because Beijing has, in general, honoured its pledges since the handover; that Hong Kong people maintain their original way of life and that the One country, two systems principle has been successfully implemented. 
 








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China can learn from the Vatican about managing Hong Kong

Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping came into their present roles within a day of each other in 2013—the pope was elected on March 13 and Xi became president on March 14. However, they have followed completely different paths in governing immense and cumbersome entities—the People’s Republic of China and the universal Church.