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Regaining trust through dialogue and communication

OVER THE PAST three months, Hong Kong has gone through a cycle of stress and frustration due, among other things, to the government’s now-suspended extradition bill. Protests involving thousands to millions have seen a cross section of society from all walks of life raising a hue and cry. There have been clashes between police and protestors, young people committing suicide out of despair in condemnation of the government, while critics attack politicians with differing views.








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Faith and Light community remembers Jean Vanier

HONG KONG (SE): Over 60 members of the Faith and Light Community of Hong Kong celebrated a Mass at St. Bonaventure Church, Tsz Wan Shan, on June 9, the Pentecost Sunday, in memory of its founder, Jean Vanier who passed away on May 7 (Sunday Examiner, May 12). 
 
Father Giosue Bonzi, who celebrated the liturgy, expressed his appreciation of Vanier, who served the weakest and the disadvantaged people and lived a fruitful life driven by the Holy Spirit.
 

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Prayers for reconciliation amid violence

HONG KONG (SE): Around 1,000 people gathered at the Victoria Park music pavilion in Causeway Bay at 2.00pm for a prayer service prior to joining the massive July 1 protest rally—this year marking 22 years since the handover to China.
 
The prayer service was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission, the Diocesan Commission for Labour Affairs, the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic students, the Hong Kong Christian Institute, the Christian Social Concern Fellowship as well as a number of other Protestant groups.
 

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The challenges of the airport chaplaincy

HONG KONG (SE): An international three-day seminar themed, Catholic Civil Aviation Chaplains and Pastoral Agents at the Service of Integral Human Development, organised by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development was held in Rome from June 10 to 13. 
 

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Precious Blood sisters celebrate jubilees

HONG KONG (SE): The Sisters of the Precious Blood celebrated its 97th anniversary as well as the platinum, diamond and golden jubilees of nine sisters at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on June 23, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. John Cardinal Tong Hon, apostolic administrator of the Hong Kong diocese, officiated the liturgy.
 

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Journeying with young people amid social controversy

With the massive July 1 rally, 550,000 Hong Kong people from all walks of life continued to call for the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill and removal of the “riot” label tacked on to the protests of June 12. The will of the people was clearly seen. 
 








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Church leaders call for independent inquiry and withdrawal of extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the June 18 apology of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, apology for the disputes and anxiety that resulted from her handling of the controversial extradition bill, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the apostolic administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, and Reverend So Shing-yit, chairperson of the Hong Kong Christian Council, issued a statement on July 19 accepting Lam’s personal and public apology along with the admission of her inadequacies. 
 

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First communion and confirmation at Rosary Church

HONG KONG (SE): Twenty-eight children from Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui made their first communion on June 8 and 17 young people received the sacrament of confirmation—four 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 Mario Gutierrez, Father Mike Sloboda and Father Patrick Sun. 

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The Sunday of the two million

Hong Kong may be a small jurisdiction and a tiny dot on a map of China, but it is not just another Chinese city. It is truly unique and a remarkable story in its own right.
 
It is not a pawn on the international chessboard, crushed by the great international ambitions of Beijing. Hong Kong is a living city, with a feeling about its own destiny, which struggles not to allow itself to be absorbed into a system that people do not feel is their own.
 








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Church walks with protestors

HONG KONG (SE): Only a few days prior, on June 12, when the second reading of the bill was scheduled to take place, police unleashed tear gas and rubber bullets against protestors who had surrounded and charged the Legislative Council (Legco) Building, in scenes eerily reminiscent of the battles of the 79-day Umbrella Movement of 2014, resulting in injuries to around 80 people.
 

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