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World Day of Prayer for China

HONG KONG (SE): In Hong Kong the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China was marked with a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal John Tong Hon, and one at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen on May 24.

People gathered at the two Masses prayed for the leaders in Chinese society, asking that they may be inspired to respect religious belief, social freedom and personal liberty.

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Centenary of Fatima marked in Cheung Chau

HONG KONG (SE): People were urged to continue praying for peace in the world during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis marking the centenary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, and John Cardinal Tong Hon took up the same theme at a celebration of the feast day of the parish in Our Lady of Fatima on Cheung Chau on May 13.
 
Around 700 people, many of whom had crossed the seas from Hong Kong and Kowloon, gathered for the annual Mass.
 

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New deacon from Cameroon

HONG KONG (SE): Flavien Ulrich Bouambe, from Cameroon in Africa, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung on May 13 at St. Jerome’s parish, Tin Shui Wai.
 
A member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CiCM) Reverend Bouambe was born into a Catholic family. He has four brothers and one younger sister.
 

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Caritas thanks its supporters

HONG KONG (SE): At a simple ceremony held in the Caritas Community Hall at its offices in Caine Road on May 12, Caritas thanked those who have worked to support its social services over the past year and presented recognition awards to groups that were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its city-wide Bazaar Season.
 

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Cardinal pushes synod among the young

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, encouraged young people in Hong Kong to get involved in the preparation process for the next synod gathering, which is to be held in Rome in October 2018 on the topic of Young people, faith and vocational discernment.
 

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Hong Kong’s only blessed honoured in his hometown

HONG KONG (UCAN): The former residence in Sicily of Blessed Gabriele Allegra (1907 to 1976), the Italian Franciscan priest and bible scholar who produced the first Catholic translation of the bible in Chinese, will be converted into a pilgrimage site partly courtesy of the generosity of Catholic people in China.
 
Gabriel’s Fra Le Genti, an association formed in honour Father Allegra, announced that custody of his former residence in Sicily was transferred to it on May 10 this year.
 

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A five-year-old’s outreach to hungry children

‘We never believed that a five-year-old girl could do anything to change the world, but something happened to change our minds’

HONG KONG (SE): When five-year-old Audrey heard during the Easter holidays that a four-year-old called Alexandra had helped in fund-raising for children suffering from cancer by selling lemonade in the United States of America, the news that three million children die of malnutrition each year raised questions in her five-year-old mind.