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Do not close doors on migrants and refugees

HONG KONG (SE): Marking the World Day of Peace on January 1, on the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, urged people not to be self-centered and not to close the doors on migrants and refugees. 
 
He appealed to the Catholic community to accept and care for refugees and migrants and promote harmony, as harmony is an important element in the growth of society.
 

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Hong Kong becoming semi-authoritarian says symposium

HONG KONG (UCAN): Only two days prior to the Justice and Peace Commission’s 40th Anniversary Symposium on the topic of Hong Kong’s Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law under Authoritarian Governance, the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) passed controversial amendments to the rules of procedure to allow the quorum required for scrutinising bills to be reduced from 35 to 20.
 

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Breastfeeding is God’s gift to babies

HONG KONG (SE): A symposium on promoting breastfeeding, organised by the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness in cooperation with the Hong Kong Catholic Breastfeeding Association and the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, was held at the Catholic Diocese Centre, Caine Road, on December 17. 
 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said in his opening message that that babies are born to be breastfed. He explained that natural birth and breastfeeding are in God’s plan and mother’s milk is the best gift for a baby. 

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Evaluating youth ministry in the Year of Youth

Hong Kong (SE): Divine Word Father Stephen Bevans, guided a three-day study camp for the clergy of the Hong Kong diocese on the theme, Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, from January 3 to 5 at the Holy Spirit Seminary College. 
 

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Checkpoint agreement threatens Basic Law

HONG KONG (SE): A spokesperson from the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong said the newly approved joint checkpoint arrangement for the cross-border rail link shows a total disregard for the spirit of the Basic Law and the promise of One country, two systems.
 
On December 27, the National People’s Congress approved a plan to enforce national laws in part of the West Kowloon terminus for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.
 

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Think outside the box in Year of Youth

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung encouraged members of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Schools Council, among them principals and supervisors of diocesan schools, to respond to the Year of Youth by looking into new ways of helping young people draw closer to Christ.
 

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A rainbow across the ocean

HONG KONG (SE): A chance meeting between a parish priest from Warrnambool in Australia and a tourist from Hong Kong, who was paying a chance visit to his stately blue stone church, resulted in a return meeting at the cathedral in Hong Kong.
 
Connie Chan Lai-sheung, a pastoral officer at the Diocesan Commission for Marriage and the Family, was holidaying at the beachside town in Victoria when she dropped the old line to her host for the moment, “If you are ever in Hong Kong give me a call.”
 

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Hong Kong Jesuit for Asian provincial

HONG KONG (SE): Father Stephen Sau-yan Chow SJ has been appointed the next provincial of the Chinese Jesuit Province. He assumed office on January 1, succeeding Father John Lee Hua sj, who has served as the provincial for the last six years.
 
Father Chow comes from Hong Kong and is a seasoned educator. Before entering the Society of Jesus in 1984 in Dublin, Ireland, Father Chow had a bachelor’s degree in philosophical psychology and a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota in the United States of America.

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Bishop celebrates Christmas at Stanley Prison

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung offered a Mass on Christmas Day at Stanley Prison as part of his pastoral outreach to those of his diocese who were spending the festive season behind bars.
 
A press release put out by the Correctional Services Department says that it arranged the opportunity for Bishop Yeung in his first Christmas as the bishop of the diocese.
 

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Tread carefully around #me too

HONG KONG (UCAN): As the #me too campaign sweeps the globe, Hong Kong celebrities who have to date disclosed stories about sexual abuse they have been subjected to have been both criticised and praised.
 
Hurdling champion, Vera Lui Lai-yiu, revealed on her Facebook page that she was sexually abused by her coach when she was a teenager, saying said she made the revelation on her 23rd birthday in an attempt to graduate from being a victim to becoming a survivor.
 

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