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Good-bye from the editor’s desk

An issue of the Sunday Examiner goes out and in the words of poet, John Kelly, “… the word, released, rooted and roaming now, God knows what streets, hearts, homes...” And it cannot be taken back.
 
However, today, it is not just the paper going out, but the editor as well. After 15 years at the desk fresh blood is coming in to fill the position and take up the challenge of putting out Hong Kong’s Catholic News of the Week.
 

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Welcome to new editor

Hong Kong (SE): Claretian Father Josekutty Mathew will be taking on the position of deputy-editor-in-chief of the Sunday Examiner.
 
Father Jose—as he likes to be called—was born in Kerala, India, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. 
 
He arrived in Hong Kong in 2009 and after Cantonese study became the parish priest of Mui Wo on Lantau.

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Is booing the national anthem really a mortal sin?

HONG KONG (SE): As the Hong Kong Football Association is being fined for a second time over the behaviour of some fans during the playing of the Chinese national anthem prior to international soccer matches in the city, an evening seminar organised by three Church groups on December 14 said it does not believe that people are booing the country of China itself, but rather its system of governance.
 

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Young people strive to make their voice heard

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Youth Commission of Hong Kong will launch a series of activities in response to the Year of Youth launched by the diocese as a complement to the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.
 
The Year of Youth, which began on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, will end on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 25 next year.
 

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Milestones in religious life

HONG KONG (SE): On the titular feast of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong, the diocese paid tribute to 41 priests and religious celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of ordination or religious profession.
 

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Finding respite in difficult situations

HONG KONG (SE): At a retreat day organised by the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled, parents or caretakers of children with special needs were encouraged to think of ways to seek real happiness without the dampening effect of past experience or materialistic dreams.
 
Held at St. Andrew’s parish in Tseung Kwan O on November 30, the gathering heard Sister Laura Watt Shuk-mee say that parents or caretakers of children with special needs easily become more sensitive or emotional due to fatigue from the struggle they face on a daily basis.

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Philippine killing fields still in business

HONG KONG (SE): The killing fields of The Philippines are still very much open for business and on December 3 the military took possession of enough hectares to liquidate eight leaders of indigenous groups near Marbel in the island province of Mindanao.
 

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Stop the creeping tryanny

HONG KONG (SE): Dressed in black with only red handkerchiefs as a prop, four barefooted women danced the drama of the killing fields of The Philippines at a candlelight vigil held in Chater Road, Central, to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
 

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Emotional needs of the terminally-ill

HONG KONG (SE): The fifth Bioethics Conference is scheduled to be held at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tseung Kwan O from December 9 to 10 with a focus on the care of the terminally-ill.
 
The conference is being organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy in cooperation with some other organisations.

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Excitement at beginning nostalgia at ending

HONG KONG (SE): The education of a child begins not with acquiring knowledge, but with the challenge of learning how to learn and, as the principle of St. Paul’s Convent School in Causeway Bay, Sister Margaret Wong, pointed out at speech day on November 23, it is a challenge that never goes away.
 

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