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Calls for unity and hope at Philippine Independence Day celebrations

HONG KONG (SE): Filipinos in Hong Kong were reminded to be united as well as to have hope as the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence was celebrated two days early in Chater Road, Central, on June 10.
 
An interfaith prayer service kicked off the day’s events, with leaders of the Filipino Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities offering prayers for good governance, peace and unity.
 

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Graduation at Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School

HONG KONG (SE): Guests, parents, graduates and teachers filled the campus Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School, Pokfulam, on the occasion of the school’s thirteenth graduation ceremony on May 26.
 
The event began with the national anthem, followed by a thanksgiving prayer and a warm welcoming speech by school supervisor, Dominic Cheng Chun-fat.
 

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Religious week at Rosaryhill

HONG KONG (SE): Students and teachers enjoyed the events and activities of the recent annual Religious Week held by the Rosaryhill School from May 21 to 24 under the theme, Be Humble, encouraging them to grow and flourish in the spirit of humility.
 

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We will not be silent for silence belongs to the culprits

HONG KONG (SE): Around 900 people came together for a prayer service on the evening of June 4 at the music kiosk of Victoria Park to remember of the victims in the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing nearly three decades ago and to pray for a peaceful vindication.
 
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, said people gathered not only to mourn the martyrs killed 29 years ago, but also to pray for those whose religious freedom is being suppressed in China at present. 
 

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First communion and confirmation at Rosary Church

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen children from Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui made their first communion on June 3 and 18 young people received the sacrament of confirmation—three of whom also made their first communion during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, together with the priests of the parish, Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man, Father Mike Sloboda and Father Sergio Chavira. 

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Preparations for Youth Festival in full swing

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong is organising a series of activities for the Youth Festival in the second week of July as part of its activities for the Year of Youth. 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung announced the Youth Festival in his Good Shepherd Sunday pastoral letter in April (Sunday Examiner, April 22).
 

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Study camp for the diocesan pastoral sisters

HONG KONG (SE): Maryknoll Sister Teresa Kastner conducted a two-day workshop on Enneagram (personality types) for religious sisters involved in the pastoral work in the diocese of Hong Kong. The workshop was part of a three-day study camp held from May 14 to 16 at the Diocesan Retreat House in Stanley. 
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung also addressed the gathering on Personal conversion and changing our attitudes for better service. 
 

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Elderly labourers taken to cleaners by outsourcing practices

HONG KONG (UCAN): Hong Kong’s mostly elderly cleaners, some in their 80s, are falling victim to outsourcing companies employing them under two-year government contracts.
 
Ming, who is 70-years-old, cleaned public toilets, but was forced to change companies four times in six years by an outsourcing requirement that favours the lowest bidder—with bids usually lowered through contractors minimising labour costs.
 

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Clamp put on priests joining pilgrimages

HONG KONG (SE): With the popularity of pilgrimages overseas on the increase, the diocese of Hong Kong has issued a new regulation for priests working in parishes or in other Church ministries who lead or take part in these journeys. 
 
While there is no question that pilgrimages can deepen the spiritual life of participants and enhance their knowledge of the Church, the new regulation underscores prioritising primary pastoral ministries.
 

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Call to safeguard religious freedom in Hong Kong and China

HONG KONG (SE): Christians in Hong Kong urged the Chinese Government to stop suppressing religious freedom during a prayer service outside the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government, Western District, on the evening of April 30.
 

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