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Eight inducted into the Order of Malta

HONG KONG (SE): Eight postulants from Hong Kong were inducted as members of the international Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St.

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Sense of deep divides in our world expressed at Assisi Prayer for Peace

ASSISI (CNS/Agencies): A common thread of unease ran through the Prayer for Peace encounter in Assisi on October 27.
It was described as an uneasy sense that the world is facing not only conflict and war, but a much broader crisis affecting social and cultural life in every country of the world.
Environmental damage, the rich-poor divide, erosion of cultural traditions, terrorism and new threats to society’s weakest members were cited as increasingly worrisome developments.
Addressing the 300 official delegates, Pope Benedict XVI echoed these sentiments in reviewing the state of g

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Cardinal Zen speaks on what has been lost to education and to Hong Kong

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The process of the judicial review on the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 (Amended Ordinance) has reached its end.

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has expressed disappointment at the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal, but at the same time has reaffirmed its decision to carry on its educational endeavour (within the constraints of that Ordinance).

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Catholic Vegetarian Association launched on World Food Day

HONG KONG (SE): “Catholic charities are at the forefront of feeding the poor and the hungry,” said Brother David Steindl-Rast at the inauguration of the Hong Kong Vegetarian Association at the Diocese Centre on World Food Day, October 16.

 “They have an acute awareness of the need for food, but while they have a high awareness about the need for charity, it is not matched by their awareness of the needs of the ecology,” the Austrian-born brother continued.

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Tsang’s housing policy criticised by labour commission

HONG KONG (UCAN): The Diocesan Commission on Labour Affairs does not believe that the housing policy announced by the chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, on October 12 will do anything towards stemming the growing accommodation crisis in the territory.

The commission’s Law Pui-san said on October 13 that although Hong Kong does not have party politics, it does not have a chief executive with any vision either. 

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Diocese gears up for the 
second Year of the Laity

HONG KONG (SE): After a year devoted to the formation of a spirituality for lay involvement in both Church and society, Bishop John Tong Hon announced on September 3 (Sunday Examiner, September 18) that the Year of the Laity, which was launched at the Hong Kong Stadium on October 17 last year, would be extended for a further 12 months into 2012.

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I must leave a record for history says cardinal

HONG KONG (SE): “I must leave a record for history of our unchanged belief that the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 has seriously damaged our right in the running of schools and is against the law and the Basic Law,” Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun told the media at a press conference on October 19 prior to beginning a three-day period of prayer and fasting.

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Cardinal Zen fasts over what is lost 
to education and Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG (SE): “To show my grief, I will, for three days and three nights abstain from food, except water and holy communion,” Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun said at the conclusion of a press conference attended by around 50 members of the media at the Salesian headquarters in Chai Wan on October 19.

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Local iconographer says beauty can save the world

HONG KONG (SE): “An icon is always a copy,” Hong Kong-born artist, Lino Wang Wing-kuen, told the Sunday Examiner. “But the copy must be creative, as every icon has a meaning. But I always try to add some artistic touch of my own to what I do.”

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Diocese bitterly disappointed with court decision on the running of schools

 

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong expressed its disappointment at a ruling made in the Court of Final Appeal on October 13, which upheld the position of the government on the constitutionality of the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004, which the diocese sought to get overturned.

However, the diocese will obey the law and the statement adds, “… continue to abide by her commitment to serve the students with love and in accordance with Catholic beliefs and principles.”

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