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Scrutiny for three thousand catechumens

HONG KONG (SE): Eight ceremonies of scrutiny were scheduled by the diocese for catechumens on three consecutive Sundays starting March 24 to prepare them for baptism at Easter. More than 2,800 people will be baptised in the diocese this year.
 
A total of 1,720 catechumens, godparents and catechists attended two ceremonies of scrutiny at St. Francis de Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on March 24.
 

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Prayers as Umbrella Movement participants await court verdict

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission, together with a few Protestant church groups, prayed the Way of the Cross as around 400 people processed from Causeway Bay to the Central Government Offices in Tamar Park on March 30, interceding for nine participants of the Umbrella Movement of 2014, as well as Hong Kong.
 

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Diocese issues new guidelines on handling sexual harassment

HONG KONG (SE): A new booklet, containing guidelines on handling complaints about sexual harassment in the diocese has been sent out to parishes so people can inform themselves about Church policy and the avenues available for dealing with complaints. Published in Chinese, an English version is due out soon, 
 
Dated February 20, the guidelines were approved by apostolic administrator, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and are applicable for lay people as well.
 

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More services needed for families of remarried couples

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council urged people to strengthen support for families of divorced and remarried couples so that the children can be better cared for, during a seminar on March 15.
 
Held at the Duke of Windsor Social Services Building, Wan Chai, the session was part of a parenting education pilot scheme for divorced and remarried parents run by the council over the past 18 months. 
 

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Overseas workers encouraged to pursue their dreams

HONG KONG (SE): With her camera, Joan Pabona, who was a foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong for six years, proved that working overseas does not mean an end to pursuing one’s dreams.
 

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Youth parish groups gather to discuss DOCAT

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the Year of Youth, a seminar on DOCAT, the summary of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church for young people, was held at St. Francis parish, Sham Shui Po on February 23, to help parishes formulate directions in youth pastoral care.
 

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Couples urged to respect life at Humanae Vitae symposium

HONG KONG (SE): To mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), the encyclical of Pope St. Paul VI issued on 25 July 1968, the Diocesan Commission for Marriage and the Family organised a symposium at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tiu Keng Leng, to look at the challenges facing the protection of life today and urged people to respect it.
 
The encyclical addressed such issues as birth control and abortion and laid out the Church’s moral teaching on the sanctity of life. 
 

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Remembering early missionaries in Sai Kung

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Working Committee for Following Thy Way held a seminar, co-organised with the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on early Catholic missionary work in Sai Kung, at the university on February 2. 
 
The committee pointed out that early missionaries not only spread the gospel, but also helped residents of the area with their livelihood problems.
 

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Music an important part of life and liturgy

HONG KONG (SE): The close relationship between music, liturgy and prayer was explored during the Sacredness with Music Symposium (Past, Present, Future) a symposium on sacred music co-organised by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College and the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong on January 24 and 25. 
 

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Monsignor Jozic bids farewell to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): For the Catholic Church, he was the de facto representative of the pope to mainland China. Monsignor Ante Jozic, who spent a tempestuous decade in the city of Hong Kong seeking to bridge the great Sino-Vatican divide, has to his credit accomplished a giant leap forward, helping to engineer the signing of the provisional agreement between Beijing and the Holy See in late September last year.
 

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