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Memorable visit for primary school students

HONG KONG (SE): Canossa Primary School (CPS) and Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School (CWCCSS) co-organised a hugely successful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Day on June 28 on the theme, STEM Challenge - Sea. Land. Air. 
 
The 300 visiting primary school students had an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the teaching methodologies of the secondary school and got a taste of the fun-activities incorporated into its syllabus to stimulate learning. 
 

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Hunger strikers vow to continue Hong Kong protest

HONG KONG (UCAN): A group of hunger strikers in Hong Kong protesting an extradition bill that would allow the extradition to jurisdictions that Hong Kong does not have an extradition deal with, including mainland China, have vowed to refuse food indefinitely until the government officially withdraws the bill. The protesters include members of religious groups and have been fasting since July 3 on a bridge near the main government building in Admiralty.
 

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Bishop Ha urges Friday fasting, abstinence and prayers

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing has urged people to pray and fast every Friday during this summer holiday in intercession for the present crisis in Hong Kong caused by the now-suspended extradition bill.
 
In a July 12 interview with the online youth forum, Boiling Point, the bishop encouraged people to pray for the city’s young people and to journey with them during the months of July and August. 
 

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Regaining trust through dialogue and communication

OVER THE PAST three months, Hong Kong has gone through a cycle of stress and frustration due, among other things, to the government’s now-suspended extradition bill. Protests involving thousands to millions have seen a cross section of society from all walks of life raising a hue and cry. There have been clashes between police and protestors, young people committing suicide out of despair in condemnation of the government, while critics attack politicians with differing views.








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Faith and Light community remembers Jean Vanier

HONG KONG (SE): Over 60 members of the Faith and Light Community of Hong Kong celebrated a Mass at St. Bonaventure Church, Tsz Wan Shan, on June 9, the Pentecost Sunday, in memory of its founder, Jean Vanier who passed away on May 7 (Sunday Examiner, May 12). 
 
Father Giosue Bonzi, who celebrated the liturgy, expressed his appreciation of Vanier, who served the weakest and the disadvantaged people and lived a fruitful life driven by the Holy Spirit.
 

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Prayers for reconciliation amid violence

HONG KONG (SE): Around 1,000 people gathered at the Victoria Park music pavilion in Causeway Bay at 2.00pm for a prayer service prior to joining the massive July 1 protest rally—this year marking 22 years since the handover to China.
 
The prayer service was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, the Diocesan Commission for Labour Affairs, the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic students, the Hong Kong Christian Institute, the Christian Social Concern Fellowship as well as a number of other Protestant groups.
 

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The challenges of the airport chaplaincy

HONG KONG (SE): An international three-day seminar themed, Catholic Civil Aviation Chaplains and Pastoral Agents at the Service of Integral Human Development, organised by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development was held in Rome from June 10 to 13. 
 

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Precious Blood sisters celebrate jubilees

HONG KONG (SE): The Sisters of the Precious Blood celebrated its 97th anniversary as well as the platinum, diamond and golden jubilees of nine sisters at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on June 23, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator of the Hong Kong diocese, officiated the liturgy.
 

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Journeying with young people amid social controversy

With the massive July 1 rally, 550,000 Hong Kong people from all walks of life continued to call for the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill and removal of the “riot” label tacked on to the protests of June 12. The will of the people was clearly seen. 
 








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Church leaders call for independent inquiry and withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the June 18 apology of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, apology for the disputes and anxiety that resulted from her handling of the controversial extradition bill, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and Reverend So Shing-yit, chairperson of the Hong Kong Christian Council, issued a statement on July 19 accepting Lam’s personal and public apology along with the admission of her inadequacies. 
 

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