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Long-serving priest goes to final rest

HONG KONG (SE): Father Philip Chan Chi-yan of the diocese of Hong Kong passed away at the age of 93 at Canossa Hospital, Central, on July 13.
 
Father Chan was born in Guangzhou, China in May 1925. His family later moved to Hong Kong and then to Macau. In 1938 he joined St. Joseph’s Seminary, Macau, at the age of 13 and later moved to the Regional Seminary of South China, Hong Kong (later called the Holy Spirit Seminary).
 
He was ordained a priest by Bishop Lorenzo Bianchi in 1957.
 

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A pilgrimage of trust and reconciliation

AT THIS TIME in its history, Hong Kong couldn’t have asked for anything better! The Catholic Diocese, the Anglican Church and the Hong Kong Christian Council are jointly welcoming the Pilgrimage of Trust organised by the Taizé community, paving a way for building bridges between countries, traditions and cultures. The international meeting of young adults is scheduled to take place in Hong Kong from August 8 to 12.
 








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Dialogue with China: Apostolic succession and the legitimacy of bishops

 HONG KONG (SE): In early May, the Vatican News website began publishing a series of articles to give insights on the criteria and reasons guiding the Holy See in its contacts with the Chinese government (Sunday Examiner, May 20 and 27, July 8).








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Youth Festival on courage and love

HONG KONG (SE): Young people were told to be brave to achieve their dreams and reach out to those in need during a Mass at Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tiu Keng Leng on July 15, which concluded the one-week Youth Festival organised in response to the Year of Youth.
 
The Youth Festival was held under the theme of Be Brave. The idea is adapted from the theme for the 33rd World Youth Day held in Rome in 2018 which says, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God (Luke 1:30). 
 

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Book fair a way of evangelisation

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung blessed the booths of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong during a prayer service held on July 18 to mark the opening of the seven-day annual Hong Kong Book Fair at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, Wanchai.
 
Blessing the diocesan booths and the participants present, Bishop Yeung said that the diocese takes part in the book fair because Christians have to put into practice the ministry of evangelisation, and it is to share the message of the gospel. 
 

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Youth Commission promotes reading of DOCAT

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Youth Commission (DYC) is helping with the promotion of the newly published Chinese version of DOCAT as it can support the faith formation of young people on Catholic social teaching in Hong Kong.
 
In April this year, Claretian Publications Macau and Kuangchi Cultural Group, Taiwan have co-published the Chinese version of DOCAT. 
 

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Liu Xiaobo remembered as Liu Xia off to ‘new life’

HONG KONG (SE): About 200 local Catholics expressed their respect and tribute for the late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on July 11, two days before the first anniversary of his death, at a Mass held at St. John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong. 
 
Liu died of liver cancer on 13 July 2017 at the age of 61, when serving a sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment. He was formally charged on “inciting subversion of state power”.
 

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If I draw, I draw for God

Lines and colours have been the best friends of Elizabeth Kwong Pui-yin since her early school days. She had her education in St. Paul Convent School, Causeway Bay, where she studied since kindergarten and the religious sisters told her to pray whenever trials came her way. She remembers that she would pray at the chapel before tests and examinations. 
 








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Claretian House in Hong Kong

The Claretian Community in Hong Kong saw their dreams come true when, on June 19, Father Mathew Vattamattam, the congregation’s superior general, blessed the community house in Shatin and celebrated Mass with members of the Claretian communities in Hong Kong and Macau, along with friends and associates.
 

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Bishops of Hong Kong and Macau discuss Sino-Vatican relations with pope

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, together with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, bishop of Macau, during their ad limina visit on the morning of June 23 for an hour and 14 minutes the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, Kung Kao Po, reported.
 
Together with the pope and the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, they discussed the ongoing dialogue with China.
 

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