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Filipino groups say no to Martial Law

HONG KONG (SE): On the 46th anniversary of the declaration of the Martial Law, Filipino groups in Hong Kong said they would never forget the atrocities committed by the regime of late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, showing their support of the thousands who protested all over the Philippines on September 21 against any attempt by Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to return to dictatorship.
 

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Remain hopeful like saints talk urges

HONG KONG (SE): People were encouraged to live out Catholic social teachings with hopefulness amidst adversity at a talk and a prayer service in memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero, organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, at St. Andrew’s Church, Tseung Kwan O, on September 9.
 

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Canossian Sisters mark jubilees

HONG KONG (SE): The Canossian Sisters celebrated the 60th anniversary of entrance into religious life of Sister Cecilia Lee, Sister Maria Lit and Sister Rosangela Cesati, on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
 

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Battered but still standing after Typhoon Mangkhut

HONG KONG (SE): Typhoon Mangkhut was the most powerful to hit Hong Kong since records began in 1946 and brought record levels of storm surge too, with flood waters reaching their highest since 1904. The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the Number 10 typhoon signal—the highest— for 10 hours on Sunday, September 16.
 
Sunday Masses were cancelled in the parishes across the city. It may be sheer coincidence that a number of Signal 8 typhoons that hit Hong Kong in the recent past were on Sundays.  

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Battered but still standing after Typhoon Mangkhut

HONG KONG (SE): Typhoon Mangkhut was the most powerful to hit Hong Kong since records began in 1946 and brought record levels of storm surge too, with flood waters reaching their highest since 1904. The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the Number 10 typhoon signal—the highest— for 10 hours on Sunday, September 16.
 
Sunday Masses were cancelled in the parishes across the city. It may be sheer coincidence that a number of Signal 8 typhoons that hit Hong Kong in the recent past were on Sundays.  

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Remembering murdered priests

Hong Kong (AsiaNews/SE): A memorial Mass in honour of Father John Baptist Cheng Kwok-cheung, and Father Peter Ngai Wan-fai, who were murdered on 7 September 1953 in their sleeping quarters at Holy Soul’s Church (now Our Lady of Mount Carmel), Wanchai, on the 65th anniversary of their deaths.
 
“I wanted this Mass because I want my generation to remember my uncle,” said Cheng Tak-Mei, Father Cheng’s niece. 
 

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Seminarians walk to promote vocations

HONG KONG (SE): The Holy Spirit Seminary held a walk for vocations from Yuen Long to Aberdeen from August 28 to 31, to mark the beginning of the new semester.
 
The rector of the Seminary, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, together with the seminarians, walked to Ss. Peter and Paul parish, Yuen Long; Holy Redeemer parish, Tuen Mun; Ss Cosmas and Damian parish, Tsuen Wan; and the Cathedral of Immaculate Heart Conception parish, Caine Road. 
 

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Young people hope to take Taizé spirit back to China

HONG KONG (UCAN): Many participants from mainland China enjoyed the spiritual experience of the Taizé Community’s August 8 to 12 International Meeting of Young Adults in Hong Kong.
 
They said they hoped to share Taizé’s spirit of pursuing unity and reconciliation with other young people.
 
Maria, from Zhejiang province in eastern China, did a month of volunteering in Taizé, France, in August of 2011.
 

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Redevelopment plans for Maryknoll House encounter opposition

HONG KONG (UCAN): The People’s Conservation Campaign, a non-Catholic group, has been seeking to stop the historic Maryknoll House, overlooking Hong Kong’s picturesque Stanley Bay, from being turned into a luxury housing estate.
 
An online petition against the redevelopment was launched on August 9 ahead of a Town Planning Board meeting in October that is scheduled to deal with the furore.
 

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The conundrum of uneven distribution of land

HONG KONG (SE): The government was urged to use existing land resources properly to help the grassroots during a forum organised by the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness on the justice of land use in Hong Kong at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Win Tin Sin, on July 30. The forum was organised in response to a five-month consultation launched by the government about the supply of land in the next three decades, which ends on September 26.
 

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