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Young people called to mission

HONG KONG (SE): For the Diocesan Year of Youth, the deaneries of the Church in Hong Kong invited young people to come together and take part in Mission Sunday activities on October 21 and to help proclaim the Good News to others.
 

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Bauhinia Star award for selfless priest

HONG KONG (SE): Among the 282 people named in the Hong Kong government’s 2018 Honours List on July 1, was Father Giosuè Bonzi, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), who was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) along with 39 others, for outstanding service over a long period of time. 
 
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor, presented the honours and awards during a ceremony at Government House on October 27.
 

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Migrants urged to be missionaries

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, bishop of Hong Kong, called on migrant workers to be missionaries and bear witness to God in their daily lives during the annual migrants’ day celebration on Mission Sunday at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay on October 22.
 
Over 600 migrant workers gathered for the Mass which was concelebrated by nine priests working for the Filipino, Indonesian, Indian, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese communities in Hong Kong. 
 

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By way of music…

A new tool is in our midst. A tool that facilitates evangelisation. What I am referring to here is a new songbook, a collection of songs from four of the Catholic youth bands that are active in our diocese, each one of them with its own way of bringing the joy of the cospel to the people around the city and beyond.
 

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In support of anti-death penalty bid

HONG KONG (UCAN): Italian-born Father Franco Mella of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, and along with other advocates attempted to lodge a petition at the Consulate-General of Japan and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong seeking the abolition of the death penalty with representatives of the governments of both Japan and China.
 
Personnel at both locations refused to accept the petition from the petitioners who were singing and shouting slogans, on October 10, the World Day against the Death Penalty.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society celebrates 155th anniversary

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which has the longest history of a charity organisation in the Church in Hong Kong, has a tough mission, which is also a blessing, Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, said, when he celebrated a Mass to mark the 155th anniversary of the society’s Central Council of Hong Kong and the feast day of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul, on September 27 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road.
 

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New mandatory insurance policy labelled money grab

HONG KONG (SE): A migrant rights group warned that the new policy of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on mandatory insurance will discourage employers from hiring Filipino workers and the burden will ultimately be shifted to the workers themselves.
 

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De facto explusion raises questions about Hong Kong’s freedoms

HONG KONG (UCAN): “Does it mean that other people working in Hong Kong cannot act or talk contrary to the government’s stance otherwise, will they be treated in the same way and be deported?” asked Jackie Hung, of the Justice and Peace Commission, following the Hong Kong government’s refusal to renew the work visa of respected veteran British journalist and Asia news editor for The Financial Times, Victor Mallet.
 

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A visit to the Maryknoll Motherhouse - A series of reflections

Fifteen students and three teachers from Maryknoll Convent School (Secondary Section) visited the motherhouse of the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, the United States of America from August 10 to 20 to retrace their roots and pay a call on the Maryknoll Sisters who served in Hong Kong, especially the school  
 
 








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Lack of training and sleep deprivation haunt domestic workers in elderly care

HONG KONG (SE): Foreign domestic workers who are assigned to the care of the elderly in Hong Kong are deprived of proper resting hours and many of them do not have adequate training, reveals a recent study conducted by the Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW). 
 
The study showed that foreign domestic workers, although assigned with the tough task of caring for the elderly, are a neglected group whose needs are to be attended to. Some respondents even complained that they were put to work non-stop for one whole day.
 

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