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Energy and joy hallmarks of the Sportsfest

HONG KONG (SE): Sport and exercise proved a good mix in generating a lot of vigour and prompting much joy among participants at the annual Sportsfest organised by the Simbayanan-KAMMPI at the Young Men’s Christian Association Wu Kai Sha Youth Village on January 30.

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Centenary of Marian apparition marked

HONG KONG (SE): A statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was blessed by Pope Francis on January 11 this year was the guest of honour at a celebration held at St. Joseph’s in Central of the centenary of her appearance at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.

The gathering was reminded of the importance of reflecting on their lives and the need for conversion, which is the central message of the Marian apparition in the Portuguese village 100 years ago.

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Mercy and forgiveness

For nearly the whole of 2016, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrated the Jubilee of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis in 2015 to promote the spirit of universal pardon in the world and remission of sins among the faithful.








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New chief executive waits for the nod

BANGKOK (SE): Over the past few years it has been becoming increasingly apparent that the intensified programme of crushing dissent by the president of China, Xi Jinping, has penetrated the border with Hong Kong and spread its invasive tentacles into the society of the special administrative region.

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A new found poet among us

HONG KONG (SE): Many people in later life decide to try their hand at something new and De La Salle Brother Patrick Tierney, the principal of La Salle College in Kowloon and director of the Lasallian Family in the city, has, during the past few years, turned his way with words into poetry.

He has recently published a collection of 100 poems and on January 16 a display featuring 16 of them was held at the offices of the Consulate General of Ireland to Hong Kong and Macau in Central.

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Walking for vocations

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people joined the annual walk for the promotion of vocation to the religious life sponsored by the Serra Club Hong Kong and the Diocesan Vocation Commission on December 26.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, encouraged those who walked to respond generously to the call to vocation and actively carry out their mission of witnessing to and spreading God’s word.

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Our Lady of Fatima visits Hong Kong

HONG KONG (UCAN): A statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Francis made its first appearance on its Asian tour in Hong Kong to celebrate the centennial of the Marian apparition in Portugal.

Pope Francis blessed six Centennial Pilgrim Statues of Our Lady of Fatima at the Vatican on January 11 before sending them on tour in six continents. Hong Kong is the first stop on the Asian itinerary.

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Honouring the Sto. Niño at Choi Hung

HONG KONG (SE): At a Sinulog Festival held at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung on January 15, people said they felt blessed to have the opportunity to pay their respects to the Sto. Niño.

The annual festival organised by the Sto. Niño Crusaders Group is now in its fourth year and attracted entries from 10 groups in the parish that began the day with a parade from the basketball court in the parish compound to the general purpose hall.

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Good health comes with determination

HONG KONG (SE): A family health carnival was held on December 27 to mark the conclusion of a campaign run by Caritas called the Be Healthy, So Easy: Family Education Project.

Over 300 people took part in the day to celebrate the campaign that was jointly organised by Caritas and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong, with backing from the Charities Trust of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and Family Council.

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The 12 sins of division in Christian Churches

HONG KONG (SE): The 12 sins at the base of the divisions that fracture the visible body of Christ by splitting the Christian Church into hundreds of denominations in the world were documented on large blocks and assembled as a wall before the altar at a small gathering of around 60 people expressing the desire to see Christians worldwide work to overcome the abuse of power, the isolationist complex, pride, intolerance, hate and contempt, as well as discrimination that has pushed them apart.

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