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Missionary with a difference says goodbye

HONG KONG (SE): Every long innings comes to an end and Columban Father John MacGrath ended his time in Hong Kong when ill health forced him to make a quick retreat back to his homeland on March 14.

For the softly spoken Irishman, Hong Kong was the end of a long missionary career, not the beginning.

Ordained in 1956, he was sent to Rome to study philosophy, graduating with honours and a doctorate, which sent him down the path of a teaching career.

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Chief executive on a mission impossible

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former chief secretary and number two in the current administration, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, was selected as the next chief executive in a widely criticised exercise by a panel of 1,186 people on March 26.

Collecting support from 777 members of the Election Committee, she came in well ahead of her nearest rival, John Tsang Chun-wah, with 365 and Woo Kwok-hing with 21.

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Sixty minutes for the earth and the spirit

HONG KONG (SE): In a statement made in the run up to Earth Hour, which saw the usually spectacular vista of Victoria Harbour reduced to an odd twinkle of light between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on March 25, Archbishop Socrates Villegas reminded his flock in The Philippines that refraining from robbing the earth of what it cannot regenerate is an act of homage to the creator of all that he had made and seen “was all very good.”

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Rekindling the spirit of Archbishop Romero

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission held a double-barrelled celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its foundation, beginning with an afternoon study on the implications of the life of its patron, Blessed Oscar Romero, at St. Patrick’s parish in Lok Fu on March 12 and a Mass at Mary Help of Christians in Ma Tau Wei on March 18.

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Letter from bishop of Hong Kong to chief-executive elect

 28 March 2017

Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
The Chief Executive-Elect
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Dear Mrs. Lam,

May the Lord’s peace and joy be with you.

Congratulations on winning the Chief Executive Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to you. Also, I was delighted that the other candidates have expressed their continuous care and participation for the Community of Hong Kong.

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Migrant workers move for self-empowerment

HONG KONG (SE): The Domestic Workers Empowerment Project held at the campus of the University of Hong Kong entered its third phase in March this year with a greater diversification of subjects included in the syllabus.

An orientation class, together with an empowerment session were held at Meng Wah Complex at the university on March 19.

Michael Manio, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, who leads the project, explained that the third phase of the project will cover a greater diversity of than previously.

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An Irish celebration on Chinese soil

HONG KONG (SE): The Irish community of Hong Kong celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in grand style, beginning with a two-day crafts and culture exhibition on March 10 and 11 at the Comix Homebase in Wan Chai followed by the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade through the streets of Tamar on March 12.

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Walking in faith with the bereaved

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family launched a support programme for bereaved families in January this year.

Run by volunteers who have received training in journeying with people who are mourning a loved one, it is designed to take the bereavement ministry in many parishes a step further.

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Pedalling their way into the Guiness Book of Records

HONG KONG (SE): Leung Shek Chee College in Sau Mau Ping broke the Guinness Book of Records record for generating the most electrical energy pedalling bicycles over an eight-hour period on February 26.

The all out assault on the record included the muscle power of around 1,000 students, alumni and parents, who took turns at riding 35 bikes from 9.15am until 5.15pm.

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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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