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Twenty-one years after the handover

THIS JULY 1 we mark the 21st anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. However for many, the recent state of affairs may seem depressing. In addition to the long-running housing problem and the recent spate of scandals involving shoddy work at various MTR projects, there is no sign of improved services for the elderly, or of the retirement protection schemes that have been discussed for many years.
 








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The saint who made China his home

HONG KONG (UCAN/SE): This year marks the 15th anniversary of the canonisation of St. Joseph Freinademetz of The Society of the Divine Word, and the society staged a musical to reflect the spirit of his mission in China the 140th anniversary of which will be marked next year
 
The musical was performed in Putonghua at St. Margaret’s Church, Happy Valley, in April, to mark the fifth anniversary of its Putonghua-speaking community, then in Cantonese at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, Sai Wan Ho, on May 26 and 27. 
 

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Heart in China, home in Hong Kong

A Paris-born boy, fourth in a family of five, dreamed of becoming a priest ever since his first Holy Communion. He was moved by the stories of the priests working in Communist China. Hearing the accounts of the pains and struggles of persecuted Christians in China keeping their faith alive and receiving the Eucharist, he began to dream of going there as a missionary.  
 

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Every life is sacred

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong, presided over the Pro-Life Day Eucharistic celebration on May 31, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 
 
Organised for the second time by the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family, this year over 500 people came together to pray for and pledge to promote life. 
 

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Calls for unity and hope at Philippine Independence Day celebrations

HONG KONG (SE): Filipinos in Hong Kong were reminded to be united as well as to have hope as the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence was celebrated two days early in Chater Road, Central, on June 10.
 
An interfaith prayer service kicked off the day’s events, with leaders of the Filipino Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities offering prayers for good governance, peace and unity.
 

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Graduation at Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School

HONG KONG (SE): Guests, parents, graduates and teachers filled the campus Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School, Pokfulam, on the occasion of the school’s thirteenth graduation ceremony on May 26.
 
The event began with the national anthem, followed by a thanksgiving prayer and a warm welcoming speech by school supervisor, Dominic Cheng Chun-fat.
 

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Religious week at Rosaryhill

HONG KONG (SE): Students and teachers enjoyed the events and activities of the recent annual Religious Week held by the Rosaryhill School from May 21 to 24 under the theme, Be Humble, encouraging them to grow and flourish in the spirit of humility.
 

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We will not be silent for silence belongs to the culprits

HONG KONG (SE): Around 900 people came together for a prayer service on the evening of June 4 at the music kiosk of Victoria Park to remember of the victims in the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing nearly three decades ago and to pray for a peaceful vindication.
 
Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, said people gathered not only to mourn the martyrs killed 29 years ago, but also to pray for those whose religious freedom is being suppressed in China at present. 
 

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First communion and confirmation at Rosary Church

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen children from Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui made their first communion on June 3 and 18 young people received the sacrament of confirmation—three of whom also made their first communion during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing, together with the priests of the parish, Father John Baptist Tsang Hing-man, Father Mike Sloboda and Father Sergio Chavira. 

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Preparations for Youth Festival in full swing

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocese of Hong Kong is organising a series of activities for the Youth Festival in the second week of July as part of its activities for the Year of Youth. 
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung announced the Youth Festival in his Good Shepherd Sunday pastoral letter in April (Sunday Examiner, April 22).
 

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