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Book launch to mark Columban centenary

HONG KONG (SE): With the launching of Columban Missionaries in Hong Kong, a new book authored by Father Joseph Houston, the Missionary Society of Saint Columban kick-started its centenary celebrations during a special reception held at the Irish Consulate in Central on March 15.
 

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Pro-independence and pro-Hong Kong graffitti in Guangzhou

BEIJING (AsiaNews/RFA): Posters and graffiti have appeared on the streets Guangzhou, in China’s Guangdong province, calling for independence, not just for neighbouring Hong Kong, but for Guangzhou itself, which shares the Cantonese language and culture.
 
Graffiti with slogans like, Independence for Guangzhou, Go Hong Kong! have been photographed in a number of public places in the city and lies at the heart of the Pearl River delta economic area.
 

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What do you want to tell the Church?

In the preparation for the pre-synodal meeting that is taking place in Rome from March 19 to 24, the Diocesan Youth Commission organised a small (extremely small) youth forum to meet with young people to listen to their thoughts and hopes in order to have a clear idea of the situation in which they are living.
 

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The first bishop in charge of the Hong Kong Church

A hundred and seventy years ago, a French bishop took care of the Church in Hong Kong for two years. Théodore-Augustin Forcade, was born on 2 March 1816 in Versailles, France. He was ordained a priest on March 1839 and joined the Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP) on 2 October 1842. He left for Macau on 20 January 1843 and arrived in ther on August 23. 
 








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Complicated procedures stymie low-income family allowance scheme

HONG KONG (SE): A survey conducted by the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers (Kowloon) shows that it is hard for the families of ethnic minorities to apply for the low-income working family allowance. The centre called on the government to simplify application procedures to make it easier for families to avail of it.
 
The pastoral centre interviewed 145 people from ethnic minorities through questionnaires from December 2017 to January 2018. 
 

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Live-in rule leads to more abuse, groups argue

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant rights groups, and a spokesperson of the Justice and Peace Commission, expressed disappointment over the February 14 High Court ruling to uphold the mandatory live-in policy for foreign domestic workers, as it showed a lack of understanding of their plight.
 
Nancy Almorin Lubiano, a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong, lost the judicial review when the court ruled that the live-in arrangement is one of the requirements of working in Hong Kong and there is no direct relationship between abuses and the live-in arrangement.

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Caution versus compassion impasse continues

HONG KONG (SE): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong has not spared efforts and words to explain how Vatican officials do not understand the true nature of Chinese leaders and that their rush will harm the church in China. 
 
His recent meeting with the press at the Salesian Mission House, Shau Kei Wan, on February 9 highlighted that China does not respect religious freedom and worry that Pope Francis may involuntarily betray the underground side of the Catholic Church in China.
 

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New provincial council named for Canossians Sisters

HONG KONG (SE): Mother general, Sister Anna Maria Babbini, the congregational leader of The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute, announced the new Provincial Council (2018 to 2021) for the on February 2 in Rome.
 
On the new council are: provincial superior, Sister Regina But Cheuk-yee; vice-provincial, Sister Virginia Wong Pui-ling; and Councillors, Sister Virginia Ip Wai-yin and Sister Lucia Cheung Ching-han.
 

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Free expression stifled at universities

HONG KONG (UCAN): University administrations in Hong Kong are perceived to be tamping down on free expression over fears of breaking political taboos despite the lack of any legal basis to do so, according to a recent report from rights watchdog, Hong Kong Watch. 
 
The report, Academic Freedom in Hong Kong, highlights the moves by the universities in the special administrative region to either remove or pressure controversial academic figures and threaten students over free speech, particularly comments critical of China.

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Gender should not be reassigned bishop says

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, expressed concern that, “Any legislation recognising sex reassignment will result in reverse discrimination,” as he spoke to a representatives from parishes and schools, on issues faced by transgender people in religious, medical and educational areas of life. 
 

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