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Hong Kong down Myanmar up media index

Bangkok (Agencies): Myanmar’s paper revolution has brought a sharp improvement in freedom of information in the former pariah state. Citing Agence France Presse, UCA News said that the 2013 Press Freedom Index report from Reporters Without Borders showed the country had bucked a general deterioration across much of Asia. 

Reporters Without Borders noted that thanks to dramatic changes, Myanmar rose to 151 up from 179 on the index, an improvement of 18 places.

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2013 Lunar New Year message from the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong

 

May the New Year of the Snake bring wholeness and blessings to all. The Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders cordially offers to our mother country prayers for her prosperity, social progress and breakthrough scientific achievements.

We also pray for social harmony and stable livelihood for the people of Hong Kong. The New Year is an opportune time for reviewing the past and planning for the future.

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Focus on the God we have in common say young Christian people

 

Hong Kong (UCAN): More than 30 young people from different Christian denominations came together at the Diocesan Retreat House from January 11 to 13 for  a gathering organised by the Catholic Diocesan Youth Commission, to share their thoughts on the subject of ecumenism and express their solidarity.

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Farewell to well-loved and long-serving sister

Hong Kong (SE): Sister Eliza Joseph Chow of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, died peacefully at St Paul’s Hospital, Causeway Bay, on Monday, 7 January 2013, she was 99-years-old.

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Report on the 2012 Lenten Campaign

Hong Kong (SE): In response to the Lenten Campaign of 2011, the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee reported that $6.56 million was raised. Bernard Chan, chairperson of the committee said that the collection represented a slight increase of two per cent over the previous year. 

He expressed his gratitude to all donors and volunteers who contributed their effort and sacrifice to help the needy in a positive response to the year’s theme: Service, a Symbol of Love.

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A Blue Christmas is more than a bad dream

 

HONG KONG (SE): While dreaming of a White Christmas may conjure up happy memories that can be looked forward to again in the future, the thought of facing a Blue Christmas is not even a bad dream, but a frightening reality for many people.

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Seminary holds graduation ceremony

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Put into practice what you have learned doing the mission of evangelisation, to respond to the Year of Faith,” John Cardinal Tong Hon, told graduates from the Holy Spirit Seminary at a ceremony on December 2 at the Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay.

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‘I hereby declare the Year of Faith open…’

 

HONG KONG (SE): “I hereby declare the Year of Faith open,” the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, proclaimed to the applause of some 7,500 people at a ceremony marking the end of the Year of the Laity and formal opening of the Year of Faith held at AsiaWorld-Expo in Chek Lap Kok.

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Farewell for now to Father Paolo Morlacchi

 

by Gianni Criveller

 

A 41-year veteran of mission in Hong Kong, Father Paolo Morlacchi, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), said good bye to his friends in the territory and departed for his native Italy on night of December 18.

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