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Perpetual commitment on the day of Consecrated Life

HONG KONG (SE): On February 2, the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, Sister Anna Rose Pham and Sister Teresa Mary Nguyen, of the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres, made their perpetual professions, at a Mass concelebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and seven priests from the diocese and Vietnam at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.
 

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Choose appropriate and good songs for Mass

HONG KONG (SE): Around two hundred liturgical music lovers and Church choir members in Hong Kong attended a music workshop by Franciscan Brother Rufino Zaragoza, held at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Kennedy Town, on January 21 to brush up on their skills in liturgical singing. The event was organised by the Chaplaincy for Filipino Migrants and co-sponsored by the Franciscan House in Kowloon.
 

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Sunday Examiner should go digital

HONG KONG (SE): Father Josekutty Mathew, who took over Father Jim Mulroney as the deputy editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner, said he hopes to strengthen the readership of the newspaper by making good use of the Internet as well as mobile media. 
 
Father Jose, a Claretian Missionary, was born in Kerala, India. The 44-year-old joined the congregation in 1988. 
 

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Vatican laments confusion and controversy over Church in China

HONG KONG (SE): Greg Burke, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has denied recent allegations of the Vatican selling out the Catholic Church in China in a statement published on Zenit.org on January 30.
 
The Vatican spokesperson denounced the widespread news of a presumed difference of thought and action between the Holy Father and his collaborators in the Roman Curia on issues relating to China.
 

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Christians called to unite their voices

HONG KONG (SE): Kicking off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the theme, Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6), some 300 people came together for a joint ecumenical communion service and breakfast fellowship at the Methodist Church in Wanchai on January 18.
 
Representatives from the Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic Churches led the congregation in prayer and song, proclaiming the scriptures and confessing the Nicene Creed.
 

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Korean Catholic media and Holy Spirit Study Centre join forces

HONG KONG (Agencies): A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between The Catholic Times of Korea, the country’s oldest Catholic weekly, and the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Hong Kong, aimed at boosting evangelisation efforts in Asia, especially in mainland China.
 
John Cardinal Tong Hon, the former bishop of Hong Kong and director of the centre, and Father Pius Yi Ki-soo, the president of the newspaper, signed the MoU at the Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen.
 

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Cantonese culture in Hong Kong heading for extinction

HONG KONG (UCAN): “Politicisation is inevitable, because the teaching materials and textbooks come from China,” a political commentator in Hong Kong, Lam Kei wrote. 
 
“They are taking the opportunity to turn Putonghua teaching into brainwashing sessions,” Lam said.
 
Lam’s comments come amid growing concerns that the increasing use of Putonghua (Mandarin) in Hong Kong is posing a threat to the city’s indigenous culture.
 

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Hong Kong lay missionary returns to serve in Kenya

HONG KONG (SE): Stephanie Chan Sin-ying, a lay missionary from Hong Kong was commissioned by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing as a missionary to Kenya, Africa, for three years during a ceremony Holy Spirit Seminary Chapel on January 13. 
 
She previously spent eight years on mission to Kenya before returning to Hong Kong in 2012 to pursuing her doctoral studies.
 

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To be a priest is the greatest gift

HONG KONG (SE): “The biggest grace anyone can aspire for in this world is to be a priest of Christ!” This was the first response of the Divine Word Missionary Father Peter Hoang Van Hien to the Sunday Examiner after he was ordained a priest on January 14 by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, the bishop of Hong Kong, during a concelebrated Mass attended by large number of faithful, many of them friends and well-wishers of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) at Christ the King Chapel, Causeway Bay.
 

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God’s love at the end of life’s journey

HONG KONG (SE): Around 700 medical practitioners and pastoral workers from Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan participated in the fifth Bioethics Conference on how to care for terminally ill patients and their families in the love of God. 
 
The conference, held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, from December 9 to 10, was organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College, the Diocesan Committee for Bioethics and other organisations. 
 

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