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Employed but living in the street

HONG KONG (UCAN): Having a job in Hong Kong is no guarantee of any stability in life, as a significant number of people who are employed do not earn enough to rent shelter.
 
This is perhaps the most visual manifestation of the disparity in the distribution of wealth in the city, which new statistics show is still widening.
 
The numbers of the employed homeless is increasing, because the money they earn is just enough for food and other basics, with insufficient left for rental accommodation.
 

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The habit of commitment

HONG KONG (SE): Two members of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sister Maria Corazon Liwanag and Sister Maria Francis Lee Kar-yee, made their final profession at a Mass at St. Alfred’s in Tai Wai on August 11.
 
Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing said there is no need for any explanation other than love for Jesus and God to describe the determination of the two sisters, or others who lead a consecrated life, to make their final profession.
 

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New guidelines for faith formation

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong issued a new set of guidelines on April 17 this year covering the faith formation of young children, the celebration of the sacraments and the liturgy, as well as the ongoing formation of adults after they have received the sacrament of baptism.
 
On August 20, a forum on the development of faith formation for young children, sponsored by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre and Diocesan Catechetical Commission, was held at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu.
 

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Twinning of young people

HONG KONG (SE): Around 25 young people from Hong Kong’s twin diocese in Germany paid a visit to Hong Kong between August 17 and 21 to promote the friendship that has existed between Hong Kong and Essen since the early 1950s.
 
The group visited the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 18 and met for a discussion with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.
 

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A choppy relationship with nature

Hong Kong and Macau were hit by two typhoons within five days towards the end of August. Mid-week, Typhoon Hato struck during the early hours of the morning of August 23 closing down the two cities for most of the day and leaving a trail of damage as it went.
 
In both places there were injuries, but in Macau 10 people died leaving residents in deep shock and angry at officials for failing to make proper preparations for the storm.
 








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Asian face for Asian Youth Day

HONG KONG (SE): Young people from the Hong Kong that had travelled to Indonesia for the Seventh Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta, which ran from July 30 to August 6, reflected that the experience was a great introduction for them to the wide variety of cultures hosted by the Asian continent and the importance of loving God’s creation.
 

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A chapter closes but the dawn of resurrection awaits

HONG KONG (SE): The 24th general chapter of the Sisters of the Precious Blood closed on August 8 with a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung to thank God for his guidance and blessings.
 
After 10 days of discussion and sharing, the 30 delegates left with the confidence that they had found new direction in the challenge of evangelisation faced by the only locally founded religious congregation for women in Hong Kong.
 

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Uyghurs’ phones targeted by police

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Since mid-July, Muslim people of Uyghur background in Xinjiang have been required by the Chinese government to install an application ostensibly designed to monitor terrorism, but it is claimed by AsiaNews to monitor telephone communications.
 
Anyone who refuses to install the spyware app becomes liable to 10 days in prison.
 

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A vocation camp Salesian style

On August 3, I joined the Salesian vocation director, Father Carlos Cheung Sam-yiu, together with two young Salesians and two other aspirants on the Salesian Hong Kong-Macau Joint Vocation Camp.
 
Organised by the vocation offices of Hong Kong and Macau region, a total of 20 young people attended the summer gathering in Macau, which ran under the theme Love and Service.
 

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On a day when obedience was not a virtue

HONG KONG (SE): On a day when obedience was not a virtue, tens of thousands of people braved the blazing sun to express their discontent at a decision of the Court of Appeal to jail the trio from the Umbrella Movement: Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Alex Chow Yong-kang; and express their solidarity with them.
 

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