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How Church has grown with Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Around 80 people attended seminar about the role of the Catholic Church in the development of Hong Kong over the past century, organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on April 27.
 
Father Louis Ha Ke-loon, director of the centre and the diocesan archivist, talked about the relationship between the Catholic Church and the city. 
 

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Newly-baptised urged to build up the Church

HONG KONG (SE): Newly-baptised Catholics were urged to be part of the family of the Church and participate in building it up during an orientation programme organised by the Hong Kong Central Council of Catholic Laity at Southorn Stadium, Wanchai, on May 1. They were encouraged to put faith into action through prayer, getting involved in parish life, studying the scriptures, joining faith communities, as well as showing concern for the needy and social justice.
 
The newly-baptised were joined by their godparents and catechists as well.

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Sri Lankan community thanks diocese for support

HONG KONG (SE): Sri Lanka was in a civil war for 33 long years. There is no exact casualty toll, but the United Nations has suggested that as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the last stage of the war alone. The civil war ended in 2009 after a large-scale operation by the army. 
 
Just as Sri Lankans were beginning to heave a sigh of relief after three decades of war, tragedy struck the country again on Easter Sunday, April 21, in the form of suicide bombers.  
 

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Tens of thousands march to protest against extradition bill

HONG KONG (SE): Around 130,000 people joined a rally on April 28, organised by the  Civil Human Rights Front, to express their opposition the proposed extradition law which they believe will undermine the right of Hong Kong people to a fair trial and jeopardise the principle of One Country, Two Systems. Organisers of the rally said the turnout was 130,000.
 

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People urged not to lose hope for democracy

HONG KONG (SE): The people of Hong Kong were urged not to lose hope and to keep fighting for democracy during a candlelight vigil outside the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre where four leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014 (Occupy Central), who were convicted on public nuisance charges, were detained after their sentencing.
 

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Barrier-free religious premises urged for the physically-disadvantaged

HONG KONG (SE): The Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth urged religious organisations to show concern for the needs of the physically-disadvantaged people by providing proper facilities for them.
 
In a press conference at its head office at Wang Tau Hom Estate on February 26, it released a Barrier-Free Religion Guide in cooperation with the Labour and Welfare Bureau, giving detailed information on what facilities are to be provided in different religious premises.
 

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Amendment of extradition law a real threat commission warns

HONG KONG (SE): Jackie Hung Ling-yu, project officer of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong, said she does not believe that the government will be able to protect the people against the abuse of human rights if the proposed amendment of extradition bill is passed.
 

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Bishop calls for public consultation on Lantau Tomorrow Vision proposition

HONG KONG (SE): In a forum looking at the Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation project proposed by the Hong Kong government, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, urged the government to make public welfare the top priority and undertake a thorough consultation with the people of Hong Kong before carrying out the development project.
 

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Scrutiny for three thousand catechumens

HONG KONG (SE): Eight ceremonies of scrutiny were scheduled by the diocese for catechumens on three consecutive Sundays starting March 24 to prepare them for baptism at Easter. More than 2,800 people will be baptised in the diocese this year.
 
A total of 1,720 catechumens, godparents and catechists attended two ceremonies of scrutiny at St. Francis de Assisi Church, Shek Kip Mei, on March 24.
 

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