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Domestic workers’ sleep marred by legal loopholes

HONG KONG (SE): Groups monitoring the rights of foreign migrant workers in Hong Kong have long pointed to problematic areas of the code of practice that covers their employment, noting that despite much huff and puff from both governments and consulates, the situation continues to deteriorate.
 

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Celebrating The Progress of Peoples

HONG KONG (SE): The 50th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical of Pope Paul VI, The Progress of Peoples (Populorum Progressio), was marked at the Vatican with a two-day symposium from April 3 to 4.
 
In his landmark encyclical, which brought a fresh spirit into the life of the Church on the ground, Pope Paul called on nations to begin a dialogue of mutual understanding with each other, something he said is especially important for wealthy nations in their dealings with people from developing economies.
 

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Special needs children are a blessing

HONG KONG (SE): A sharing about personal experiences with children with special needs saw a series of speakers describe them as a great blessing in a family.
 
During an afternoon held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tiu Keng Leng on May 7, Tommy Yim Lap-pun emphasised that he had come to believe that a good relationship between parent and child is of far more importance than success in society.
 

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A media mouthpiece for Beijing

 HONG KONG (SE): The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders places China at number 176 out of 180 regions across the world, sharing with Vietnam the distinction of being named “the world’s biggest prisons for journalists and bloggers.”

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Vocation Month in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Vocations Commission is set to launch a series of programmes this year to mark its 40th anniversary.
 
Sister Margarita Chan Mei-yung, the executive secretary of the commission, told the Kung Kao Po on March 24 that the commission has recently explored different ways of strengthening its promotion of a culture of vocation.
 

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Deacons welcome but misunderstood

HONG KONG (UCAN): Hong Kong was the first Latin-rite diocese in Asia to begin promoting the permanent diaconate in 1997 and a survey carried out by the Hong Kong diocese reveals that parishioners accept permanent deacons, but do not fully understand their ministry.
 
Conducted by the Catholic Studies Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong over a three-year period, the results of the survey were released April 23 with the expectation of a more detailed version coming in June.
 

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Getting in touch with the past

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Archives held an exhibition at its office in Caritas House from April 21 to 22 portraying an overview of the development of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong during the 128 years from 1841 to 1969.
 
The exhibition presented information from the year the Church was established as a prefecture apostolic to when Bishop Lorenzo Bianchi, the last expatriate bishop of the diocese, stepped down to make way for a local priest to take his place.
 

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Indonesians snubbed by their president
HONG KONG (SE): The Indonesia Migrant Workers Union expressed extreme frustration that the biggest representation of their country people in Hong Kong, migrant domestic workers, were denied any access to their president, Joko Widodo, at a forum on April 30 while he was visiting the city.
 
The chairperson of the union, Sringatin, told UCAN that the Indonesian Consulate General had been advised that the Indonesian community wished to personally hand a joint petition from 70 migrant groups to the president.
 
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Arrests only serve to harden hearts

HONG KONG (SE): In a democracy the backing of public opinion should be sought through a nonviolent process, the project officer from the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, told the Sunday Examiner.
 
Hung believes that the recent arrest of democracy advocates simply to silence their voices is a betrayal of this process on the part of the government.
 
Calling it a form of white terror, she commented that this should have no place in the public discussion.
 

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Death Notice - Father Francis Wong Kin-kwok

 Hong Kong (SE): Father Francis Wong Kin-kwok, from the Salesians of Don Bosco, died on April 24 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Causeway Bay surrounded by his relatives, confrérès, friends and parishioners. He had been a Salesian for 55 years and a priest for 36. He was 75-years-old.

Most of his life was spent working with young people as a teacher, school principal, counsellor and friend. Of the last five years, half were spent battling an incurable illness. He had been the parish priest of St. Anthony’s in Pokfulam.

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