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Vocation Month in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocations Commission is set to launch a series of programmes this year to mark its 40th anniversary.
 
Sister Margarita Chan Mei-yung, the executive secretary of the commission, told the Kung Kao Po on March 24 that the commission has recently explored different ways of strengthening its promotion of a culture of vocation.
 

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Deacons welcome but misunderstood

HONG KONG (UCAN): Hong Kong was the first Latin-rite diocese in Asia to begin promoting the permanent diaconate in 1997 and a survey carried out by the Hong Kong diocese reveals that parishioners accept permanent deacons, but do not fully understand their ministry.
 
Conducted by the Catholic Studies Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong over a three-year period, the results of the survey were released April 23 with the expectation of a more detailed version coming in June.
 

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Getting in touch with the past

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Archives held an exhibition at its office in Caritas House from April 21 to 22 portraying an overview of the development of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong during the 128 years from 1841 to 1969.
 
The exhibition presented information from the year the Church was established as a prefecture apostolic to when Bishop Lorenzo Bianchi, the last expatriate bishop of the diocese, stepped down to make way for a local priest to take his place.
 

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Indonesians snubbed by their president
HONG KONG (SE): The Indonesia Migrant Workers Union expressed extreme frustration that the biggest representation of their country people in Hong Kong, migrant domestic workers, were denied any access to their president, Joko Widodo, at a forum on April 30 while he was visiting the city.
 
The chairperson of the union, Sringatin, told UCAN that the Indonesian Consulate General had been advised that the Indonesian community wished to personally hand a joint petition from 70 migrant groups to the president.
 
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Arrests only serve to harden hearts

HONG KONG (SE): In a democracy the backing of public opinion should be sought through a nonviolent process, the project officer from the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, told the Sunday Examiner.
 
Hung believes that the recent arrest of democracy advocates simply to silence their voices is a betrayal of this process on the part of the government.
 
Calling it a form of white terror, she commented that this should have no place in the public discussion.
 

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Death Notice - Father Francis Wong Kin-kwok

 Hong Kong (SE): Father Francis Wong Kin-kwok, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on April 24 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Causeway Bay surrounded by his relatives, confrérès, friends and parishioners. He had been a Salesian for 55 years and a priest for 36. He was 75-years-old.

Most of his life was spent working with young people as a teacher, school principal, counsellor and friend. Of the last five years, half were spent battling an incurable illness. He had been the parish priest of St. Anthony’s in Pokfulam.

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Young, English-speaking and World Youth Day

HONG KONG (SE): Dozens of young people from across the diocese joined an event sponsored by the Diocesan English Youth on April 9, Palm Sunday, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to begin the celebration of the 32nd World Youth Day, which is scheduled to be held in Panama in 2019.

During World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, last year, Pope Francis announced that the three-year lead-up to the event in Panama would be a journey with Mother Mary and that each year, young people would be invited to reflect on a theme.

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Underpinning civic education with Catholic social teaching

HONG KONG (SE): The social teaching of the Catholic is by far the most comprehensive, detailed and incisive collection of reflections on community and human relationships.

Developed by successive popes over a 126-year period beginning with Pope Leo XIII’s watershed document, On Human Work, it is regarded in almost all quarters as a unique resource in the world.

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A day honouring defenders of the land

HONG KONG (SE): Cordillera Day was marked in Hong Kong with a one-day programme on Chater Road on April 23. The day highlighted the determination of the people from the Cordilleras in The Philippines to be united against the injustices being committed against the indigenous communities of the region.

The day began with a colourful parade along the streets of Central with people from Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and the Mountain Province in traditional dress carrying banners condemning the mining that destroys the beauty and value of nature.

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School is a bright light of multiculturalism