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Prioritising marriage and family life

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong is putting marriage and family high on its pastoral priority list for this year and has scheduled a series of formation activities that are set to be launched by the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family.

In his Advent message for last Christmas published on November 20, John Cardinal Tong Hon declared that the pastoral priority for the diocese this year will be Care for marriage, family and life: Study and live out The Joy of Love.

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Ex-Catholics are becoming younger

WASHINGTON (SE): “Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age—sometimes before the age of 10—and their reasons are deeper than being bored at Mass,” Mark Gray, a senior research associate at the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA), says in a new report published in conjunction with two national studies done in the United States of America by the centre.

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Spreading the fire

HONG KONG (SE): The president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service at Vatican, Michelle Moran, and her husband, Peter, were the guests of the Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee for its annual Advent gathering at the Caritas Community Hall on December 11.

Speaking to the theme Spreading the Fire, Michelle Moran said that what makes God real or not real for us is what we believe in our hearts.

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Change in life puts stress on marriages

HONG KONG (SE): A study conducted by the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council in cooperation with the Department of Social Work and Social Administration University of Hong Kong shows that a change in the stage of life is proving to be a source of tension between husbands and wives.

It also reveals that couples married for 25 years or more tend to be less satisfied with their marriages than younger couples.

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Hong Kong celebrates pope’s birthday

HONG KONG (SE): “I thank each one of you for your presence, which reflects your appreciation of the important work that Pope Francis is carrying out to unite us all under the cross of Jesus,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said in welcoming guests to a gala concert at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to mark the 80th birthday of the pope on December 18.

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Christmas in the city

HONG KONG (SE): “Christmas is about light,” Father Jay Flandez, the chaplain to the Filipino migrant community in Hong Kong, said as he stood before some 6,000 to 7,000 people shoehorned into Chater Garden for Christmas Eve Mass in the dark of the night on December 24.

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Divisive in society and in Church

HONG KONG (UCAN): The announcement on December 9 from the current chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, that he would not be running for a second term in March when the 1,200 member Electoral Committee convenes to choose the next person to fill the city’s top political spot, was met with relief in some quarters where he is seen as a divisive figure, including echelons of the Church.

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Waiting is part of Christmas

HONG KONG (SE): Christmas worldwide begins first in The Philippines with the celebration of the Simbang Gabi, or night Mass, a novena of nine Masses before Christmas.

Traditionally celebrated in the dark hours before dawn, as the population has become more urbanised, the custom of gathering in the evening has become popular in the cities.

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Bishop’s Christmas greetings to the city

HONG KONG (SE): In wishing the people of Hong Kong a Christmas celebration filled with peace and joy, the bishop of the city, John Cardinal Tong Hon, made a call for young people to be given prominence, asking that even though they may hold divergent views from mainstream society, they be listened to carefully and their opinion taken seriously.

He points out that as we look back over the past 12 months, we have to recall that it was a year full of tension, which has caused much pain in the wider society.

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Long years of service to the people of God celebrated

HONG KONG (SE): At an afternoon tea reception held in the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road prior to a Mass of thanksgiving to acknowledge the long years of service to the people of Hong Kong of brothers, sisters and priests marking their 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries, the bishop of the city, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said he has great esteem for them.

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