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Right of abode ruling may affect more than migrant workers

HONG KONG (SE): While migrant workers in the territory are disappointed with the March 28 ruling of the Court of Appeal declaring them to be not ordinarily resident in the territory, and some other groups are delighted, the whole of Hong Kong should be watchful.

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Carrying the cross together

HONG KONG (SE): “Jesus was most intimate with the Father at his point of despair on the cross,” Father Eamon Sheridan told the young people of Life Teen at Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui on March 31, at a celebration of the way of the cross during the run up to Easter.

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The spirit of service celebrated at Easter

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong described the gathering of priests around the bishop at the Chrism Mass as reminiscent of Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room for the Last Supper at the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral on April 5.

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Search for memorabilia for Tiananmen display

HONG KONG (UCAN): A pro-democracy alliance is appealing for exhibits related to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 1989 to be put on display at a temporary memorial site in Hong Kong from April 29 to June 10.

“If there is a positive response, we will raise funds to turn the museum into a permanent one,” Lee Cheuk-yan, the president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said on March 8.

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Easter pastoral letter from our bishop

 

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, 

The public of Hong Kong, in general, might take the Easter celebrations as just another long weekend, an ideal time for a restful vacation. For us Catholics, this is the most joyful event in the year. 

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A different take on fasting comes out of the Byzantine Church tradition

HONG KONG (SE): An afternoon of instruction on Lent and Easter, or Pasqua, as practiced in the Byzantine rite of the Catholic Church, began and ended with a bit of hands-on prayer, Byzantine style.

Father Richard Soo, a Jesuit priest from the Catholic Byzantine Ukrainian Tradition in Canada, introduced the 30 or so people present at the Diocese Centre in Hong Kong on March 9 to his tradition of prayer.

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Bishop calls for prayer for universal suffrage

HONG KONG (SE): “Let us pray for the progress of political reform in Hong Kong. May universal suffrage be implemented as soon as possible, so that all citizens of Hong Kong may fully exercise the civil right of taking an active part in politics,” reads a prayer that the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, asked to be included at Mass on March 25, the day of the closed circle-selection process for the next chief executive.

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Cardinal Tong looks to opportunities in China

VATICAN (SE): “Through dialogue we can always achieve a win-win situation,” newly created cardinal, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Gerard O’Connell in a wide-ranging interview at the Vatican published by the Vatican Insider on March 19.

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A time for healing and forgiveness not grilling

HONG KONG (SE): On the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent, parishes preparing to welcome adults and older children as new members of the Church through baptism at Easter, celebrate what is known as the scrutinies.

As the name suggests, the scrutinies involve a questioning of those presenting themselves for baptism. However, rather than an examination, it is regarded more as a rite of healing and strengthening.

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