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New priest for the diocese

HONG KONG (SE): Aloysius Mak-Ying-kin was ordained a priest by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on June 23, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen, Father Benedict Lam Cho-ming, recommended the deacon to the bishop for ordination and the newly-ordained priest asked the more than 1,200 people present to pray for him in his vocation as a priest and to mirror the value of his service to him to help him to always strive to do better.

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Discontent and mistrust cast shadow over handover anniversary

HONG KONG (UCAN/SE): The Hong Kong Celebrations Association announced that the 15th anniversary of the 1 July 1997 handover of the former colony from British to Chinese sovereignty will be marked with a three-day gala carnival of events.

However, while the announcement may have been upbeat, its spirit does not seem to be reflected in the mood of the seven million-strong population of the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

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Keeping the memory of Tiananmen alive

HONG KONG (SE): “I am here to learn how to carry on the tradition of keeping the memory alive,” a 16-year-old said at a prayer service held at the kiosk in Victoria Park prior to the candlelight vigil in memory of those who suffered and died in the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 4 June 1989.

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St. Clare’s School celebrates 85 years

Hong KOng (SE): St. Clare’s School, one of the oldest English medium Catholic schools in Hong Kong, marks its 85th anniversary this year. 

Founded in 1927 by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels from Canada, the vision of the school sponsoring body is for students, following the example of St. Clare, to embrace the virtues of simplicity and fraternity. Veritas Vincit was adopted as the school motto, meaning Truth Conquers. 

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Veteran missionary retires after 58 years

By Gianni Criveller

 

On May 15, Father Antonio Garaventa, from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), bade farewell to his community in Hong Kong to return to Italy.

At 83 years of age, he has given 58 years of generous service to the Hong Kong diocese. 

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Low enrollment leads university to axe Catholic studies programme

 Hong Kong (UCAN): The Chinese University of Hong Kong has decided to axe the first and only master’s degree programme in Catholic studies run by a Hong Kong university.

Father Patrick Taveirne, the director of the university’s Centre for Catholic Studies, admitted it had been difficult to run a Catholic post-graduate course in a secular institution.

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Mass celebrated for the Church in China on World Day of Prayer

Hong kOng (SE) The bishop of Hong Kong John Cardinal Tong Hon, celebrated a Mass on the evening of May 24, the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. The event, attended by around 100 people, was organised by the Justice and Peace Commission.

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Hong Kong to assist Taiwan set up permanent diaconate

TAIPEI (SE): The Church in Taiwan is looking to the married diaconate to meet the pastoral needs of the people in the face of an ageing clergy and few ordinations.

The springtime meeting of the bishops of Taiwan identified the permanent diaconate as the major hope to meet current needs after analysing the situation across the country.

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Anglican-Catholic commission holds annual meeting in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The 20-member Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission III, which is charged with the task of working towards full communion in faith and sacramental life between the two communions, held its annual meeting at the Mariners Club in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, from May 3 to 11.

The commission was established as a result of a Common Declaration made by Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Rowan Williams, of Canterbury, in November 2006.

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