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Salesian set for final profession

HONG KONG (SE): In the Salesian world, August 16 is the birthday of the congregation’s founder, St. John Bosco. On that day this year, at 5:00pm in the parish of Mary Help of Christians (inside Tang King Po School), Carlos Cheung SDB will make his perpetual profession.

The Eucharist will be presided over by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, and the provincial of the Salesians will receive the perpetual vows in the name of the rector major.

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Catholics join call to scrap national education

 

HONG KONG (SE) :  Two Catholic organisations joined the estimated 90,000 people who turned out in the streets of Hong Kong on July 29 to call for the scrapping of the government National and Moral Education Curriculum set to come into effect in territory schools in September this year.

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Hong Kong rallies behind Shanghai bishop

Hong KOng (UCAN): It was reported on July 20 that an investigation, instigated by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China, into alleged violations related to the licit ordination of  auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, for Shanghai, has concluded (Sunday Examiner, July 22).

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No national and moral education for the time being religious schools say

Hong Kong (Agencies): The Catholic diocese of Hong Kong has joined with the Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong in declining to introduce the government’s National and Moral education course in its schools for the time being.

In a press release on July 18, the Catholic Education Office said that diocesan schools would not be implementing the subject in the coming school year, which begins in September.

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Three ordained to the permanent diaconate

 

Three new permanent deacons for the diocese on July 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road. Seen here with their wives are, from left to right: Deacon Nestor Kwan Chung-wah, Deacon Faustus Lam Sair-ling and Deacon Paul Siu Wai-leung. Around 1,000 people attended the Mass which was concelebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong, and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze Kiun, the
former bishop of the diocese.

 

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Press freedom takes a dive in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Journalists and editors in Hong Kong believe that restrictions on press freedom have risen sharply in recent years, according to the results of a poll released by the Hong Kong Journalists Association on June 24.

Nearly 87 per cent of media workers questioned in the survey said new limitations hamper their work.

Conducted between April 18 and May 4, the survey polled 663 reporters, photographers, editors and people in media management.

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Cardinal Tong president of synod

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon has been appointed as one of the three president delegates to the upcoming Synod of Bishops scheduled to take place in the Vatican from October 7 to 28.

The bishop of Hong Kong will be joined in the role by the archbishop of Guadalajara in Mexico, Francisco Cardinal Robles Ortega; and the archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya, the Vatican Information Service reported on July 2.

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Battle for hearts and minds of the people

 

HONG KONG (SE): “It is 15 years since the soil of Hong Kong returned to China, but the hearts of the people did not return with it,” Father Stephen Chan Moon-hung told around 900 people gathered around the kiosk for a prayer service in Victoria Park prior to the July 1 rally.

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A good dose of biblical wisdom and Church social teaching can inspire a chief executive

On July 1, Leung Chun-ying will officially become the chief executive of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

His success in what is referred to as the closed election for the chief executive is not without controversy and certainly signals a shift in political power and approach to both the administration and political structure of the territory.

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