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Reading and living God’s word

Over 200 participants gathered for the Eleventh World Chinese Biblical Congress held from November 22 to 26 in Hong Kong, following the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Chinese Catholic Bible (Studium Biblicum version, 1968-2018), and committed to continue promoting the reading and living of God’s Word to nourish fruitful ministry in the Church.
 








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Three ordained to permanent diaconate

HONG KONG (SE): Reverend Andy Lau Wai-ming, Reverend Victor Lee Hon-kit and Reverend Simon Chan Yuk-keung were ordained permanent deacons by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on November 24. 
 
The Mass was concelebrated by the bishop with John Cardinal Tong Hon, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and other priests of the diocese. 
 

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Motivating young lives through basketball programme

HONG KONG (SE): Dylan Chan Yee-fu, a top basketball player in the Hong Kong A1 Division Championship league, is now the coach of a basketball programme implemented by his alma mater, the Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School.  
 
During the launching ceremony of the Cheng-chung Youth Basketball and Leadership Training Scheme on November 16, the renowned basketball player thanked the teachers of the school who motivated him from Form 1 to 3.
 

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Celebrating a Columban century: Everyone is a missionary

HONG KONG (SE): “All of us then are missionaries, whatever our path in life, or whatever our stage of life, or whatever country we live in,” Father Tim Mulroy, the new superior general of the Missionary Society of St. Columban, said at a Mass to conclude the centenary celebrations of the Missionary Society of St. Columban at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on November 23, the feast of St. Columban.
 

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Shelter for the homeless opens on Day of the Poor

HONG KONG (SE): The Sant’Egidio Community in Hong Kong observed the World Day of the Poor with the opening of the Home of Mercy, a shelter for the homeless and the former prison inmates in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui, on November 18. 
 
The 1,000 square foot centre can accommodate eight residents. The inauguration, officiated by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong, marked the golden jubilee of the community in Rome.  
 

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Korean democracy lesson for Hong Kong

GWANGJU (UCAN): Twelve members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong (JPC) visited Gwangju, South Korea to learn about the Gwangju Uprising of 18 to 27 May 1980, when citizens took up arms after Chonnam University students demonstrating against the military government were beaten by soldiers. South Korean authorities said about 200 died in the uprising from but activists put the figure at about 2,000.
 

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Knowing the reason behind poverty

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the second World Day of the Poor, the Commission for Labour Affairs in Hong Kong organised a series of activities under the title, Wages and Poverty, during the months of October and November to address the situations of the grassroots, particularly cleaning workers employed under the government’s outsourcing system.
 

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Gambling addicts seek redemption through faith

HONG KONG (UCAN): Compulsive gambling is not only ruining the lives of the gambling addicted but destroying families as more victimised spouses seek help from support agencies, according to a recent survey by the Caritas-Hong Kong Addicted Gamblers Counselling Centre.
 

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The permanent diaconate

The Church in Hong Kong will celebrate a joyous occasion on November 24 (this Saturday), when, after years of formation, three men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate.
 
The Diocese of Hong Kong, which ordained the first cohort of two permanent deacons in 1997, became the first local Church to restore the permanent diaconate within the Asian region. The permanent diaconate was revived by the Second Vatican Council in 1967. 
 








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Centre for the disabled marks silver jubilee

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled, Homantin, celebrated its silver jubilee on October 27 with an open day.
 
During a sharing session, Peggy Fung Pui-kay, chairperson of the centre, talked about its services, which include a Mass for the physically disadvantaged on the first Sunday of the month followed by lunch. She invited people to volunteer to help.
 
Veteran volunteers then spoke about the skills needed to help physically disadvantaged and visually-impaired people on an outing.

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