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A message from our bishop at Advent

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord

‘Come, Lord Jesus!’ (Revelation 22:20). Advent always reminds us of entering into a new liturgical year in the history of salvation. We are preparing for the Saviour to come 

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Celebrating cancer awareness

HONG KONG (SE): “This is how we celebrate cancer awareness,” Janice Andeza told an eager crowd gathering around a banner proclaiming Cancer Survived is a Life Revived in Chater Road on November 13 for the annual FILMCASS (Filipino Migrant Cancer Support Society) Concert.

FILMCASS is a volunteer organisation made up of migrant workers, which reaches out to those who are suffering from cancer or have relatives affected by the disease.

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Guarded pessimism on Sino-Vatican talks

HONG KONG (SE): Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun expressed guarded pessimism over the negotiations currently being carried on between the Vatican and Beijing at an afternoon gathering at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Wong Tai Sin organised by the Justice and Peace Commission on November 13.

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Not an end but a beginning

HONG KONG (SE): “Here on earth time passes, but God is eternal and likewise his mercy is everlasting,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of November 13 to mark the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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Pedalling mission around Fanling

HONG KONG (SE): More than 20 parishioners from St. Joseph’s in Fanling got together to form a bicycle cavalcade for a special public event to mark Mission Sunday on October 30.

With flags flying from the back of the bicycles imprinted with the words, Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy, taken from the title of the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday this year, the cavalcade pedalled its way through the streets of the village.

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Caritas Bazaar Season up and running

HONG KONG (SE): The first two of six in the annual Caritas Bazaar Season were kicked off at Tuen Mun and Victoria Park on November 6.

The season was formerly opened at Victoria Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the secretary for development from the Hong Kong government, Paul Chan Mo-po, flanked by the chairperson of the Caritas Council, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung; and the executive director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, Ip Kwun-tong.

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Prayer rally prior to Beijing interpretation

HONG KONG (SE): In anticipation of the bombshell dropped by Beijing in interpreting the fate of two newly-elected members of the Legislative Council (LegCo), Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung Chung-hang, the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong organised a prayer rally on November 6.

Beijing had announced that it would hand down an interpretation of Article 104 on November 7, preempting a ruling from the Court of First Instance, which had held a hearing beginning on November 3, but has yet to give a ruling.

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Migrant recruitment agencies a pampered racket

HONG KONG (SE): “If you will let us look for your new employer, we will charge at least $8,000,” a migrant worker pretending that she had been recently terminated was told by a member of the staff at an employment agency in Mong Kok on March 3.

Their conversation is just one among 10 secretly recorded by the Progressive Labour Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Rights Exposure that is included a newly-released documentary, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

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A bit of teen prayer at Rosary

HONG KONG (SE): Every Saturday night at Rosary parish in Tsim Sha Tsui is LifeTeen night, a couple of hours for the English-speaking teenagers to be together, discuss life and faith, enjoy each other’s company and receive a bit of guidance from their dedicated leaders, Ruel Trinidad and Deidre Chavez.

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