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Democracy is product of love

HONG KONG (SE): Even before we pursue democracy for our country, we seek to build a society that is faithful to God, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing told a prayer gathering at the kiosk in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4.
 
Speaking prior to the annual candlelight vigil in remembrance of those who died before the guns of China’s military in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 28 years ago, he said that some may have lost hope because there has been no democratic progress, but before democracy must come love for God and country.

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Beijing can’t be challenged Hong Kong told

HONG KONG (UCAN): The one country, two systems principle has always been problematic, variously described as a straight out contradiction or an abstract concept.
 
But on May 27, when Zhang Dejiang, the coordinator of the National People’s Congress, warned Hong Kong not to confront the central government, the project officer for the Justice and Peace Commission, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, went even further, calling the principle empty words.
 

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World Day of Prayer for China

HONG KONG (SE): In Hong Kong the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China was marked with a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal John Tong Hon, and one at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen on May 24.

People gathered at the two Masses prayed for the leaders in Chinese society, asking that they may be inspired to respect religious belief, social freedom and personal liberty.

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Centenary of Fatima marked in Cheung Chau

HONG KONG (SE): People were urged to continue praying for peace in the world during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis marking the centenary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, and John Cardinal Tong Hon took up the same theme at a celebration of the feast day of the parish in Our Lady of Fatima on Cheung Chau on May 13.
 
Around 700 people, many of whom had crossed the seas from Hong Kong and Kowloon, gathered for the annual Mass.
 

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New deacon from Cameroon

HONG KONG (SE): Flavien Ulrich Bouambe, from Cameroon in Africa, was ordained a deacon by Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung on May 13 at St. Jerome’s parish, Tin Shui Wai.
 
A member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CiCM) Reverend Bouambe was born into a Catholic family. He has four brothers and one younger sister.
 

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Caritas thanks its supporters

HONG KONG (SE): At a simple ceremony held in the Caritas Community Hall at its offices in Caine Road on May 12, Caritas thanked those who have worked to support its social services over the past year and presented recognition awards to groups that were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to its city-wide Bazaar Season.
 

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Cardinal pushes synod among the young

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, encouraged young people in Hong Kong to get involved in the preparation process for the next synod gathering, which is to be held in Rome in October 2018 on the topic of Young people, faith and vocational discernment.
 

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