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A sham that demands attention

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission is urging people to be concerned and take an interest in the selection of the next chief executive, who is set to be chosen from a running pack of three by an elite, small circle Election Committee made up of only 1,194 people on March 26.

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Hong Kong’s twin diocese turns 60

HONG KONG (SE): Hong Kong’s twin diocese of Essen in Germany celebrated its 60th anniversary of foundation on February 23.

It was pioneer country when the diocese was carved out of Münster, Cologne and Paderborn, encompassing the fast developing coal fields and industrial complex of the Ruhr Valley.

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Putting nature in the context of faith

HONG KONG (SE): The Messengers of Green Consciousness urged people to show their colours and commit themselves to the preservation of nature during Lent.

Father Anthony Chang Sang-loi, the president of the group, spoke with catechumens on the importance of promoting environmental protection at a talk given at St. Vincent’s chapel in Wong Tai Sin on February 24.

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Subtle snub for Cardinal Tong

HONG KONG (UCAN): An article published by John Cardinal Tong Hon in the Sunday Examiner on February 12 suggesting possible ways for Church-state relations in China to move forward appears to have received a subtle snub from Beijing.

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Pray as a human not a machine

HONG KONG (SE): “Some say security, some say comfort, some say love,” Catherine Cheung, from the St. Anne’s Meditation Group at Stanley, reflected in response to a question posed by the leader of the World Community for Christian Meditation, Father Laurence Freeman, at St. Francis of Assisi in Sham Shui Po on January 22.

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The prayerful heart of a postmodern city

I feel that it is important returning to this place to reflect in these times of violence and wars and find a relief of serenity and confidence

Lamma is a small, pedestrian island, a half-hour ferry ride from the Central district of our immense and postmodern metropolis. Its inhabitants are scattered around a few tiny villages, or in isolated residences.








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Carrie on Religion

HONG KONG (SE): A few alarm bells rang on February 27 at the release of the election manifesto of chief executive hopeful, Carrie Lam Chen Yuet-ngor, as it included the possibility of revisiting the setting up of a special government unit in Hong Kong to coordinate the activities of religious bodies.

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It is Lent and... that’s the news

HONG KONG (SE): There used to be a time when remembering the old adage, “Don’t forget to fast in Lent,” was enough to get you through, so long as you also remembered to eat fish on Fridays and a little bit less of it than most Fridays.

However, in our Church today the concept of Lent and its purpose has been considerably broadened. Speaking in St. Peter’s Square on Ash Wednesday, March 1, Pope Francis called it a time to remember who we are and why we are living on this earth.

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Wish list for the New Year

HONG KONG (SE): Hopes for a chief executive that will protect the core values of Hong Kong society were expressed by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing at a New Year gathering of the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders on February 16.

At their annual New Year gathering, representatives of the Colloquium expressed their good wishes for Hong Kong society at a gathering attended by around 200 people from various religious traditions at the Church of Christ in China Kei Wa Primary School, Kowloon.

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Until we meet again Father Areechira

HONG KONG (SE): Fourteen groups from the Holy Family English Community in Choi Hung organised a farewell party for their parish priest, Father James Areechira, on January 29 at the parish basketball court.

The air was filled with a mixture of fun and melancholy. Each of the 14 groups provided some entertainment, after which one of them gave the much loved parish priest a short message of thanks and presented him with a souvenir of his decade and a half presence in Choi Hung.

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