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On the occasion of my elevation to the College of Cardinals Homily of John Cardinal Tong on 3 March 2012 — Hong Kong Cathedral

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

 

Out of the great love of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the Catholics of Hong Kong and our Motherland, I was elevated as a member of the College of Cardinals on February 18.

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Call for electoral change

HONG KONG (UCAN): Religious leaders have called for changes in the election process of the special administrative region’s chief executive officer amid deepening scandals surrounding two of the leading candidates.

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It is business as usual but more so 
new cardinal tells media

HONG KONG (SE): The first Hong Kong-born cardinal described the honour bestowed upon him by Pope Benedict XVI at a consistory in the Vatican on February 18 as a challenge to serve with greater courage.

John Cardinal Tong Hon told the Hong Kong media on March 2 that although he is the one on whom the honour has been conferred, it is more a recognition of the importance of the Church in Hong Kong and China.

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Chance lunch brings double blessing to China Church

HONG KONG (SE): A chance lunch at a parish in Brooklyn in the United States of America just 100 years ago led to a steady flow of missionaries coming to China during the first half and the latter part of the 20th century.

Irish-born Father Edward Galvin, who was to become one of the founders of the Columban Mission Society, played host to Father John Fraser, later the founder of the Canadian Scarboro Mission Society, who was returning to China after a trip home to raise money and support for his mission.

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Dust to dust and ashes to ashes

HONG KONG (SE): “There is something decidedly public about Ash Wednesday,” Lauren Winter, from Duke Divinity School in Durham, the United States of America, says.

“Walking around all day with a dash of grey ash across your forehead is among the most visible symbolic Christian things that we do all year,” she explains.

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International event to mark culmination of Year of Laity

HONG KONG (SE): An international lay ministry exchange seminar will be held from October 27 to November 1 at the Caritas Oi Fai Camp in Cheung Chau, as a major function to culminate the various activities that have taken place in the diocese during the extended Year of the Laity.

“All parishes and faith communities in Hong Kong are being encouraged to make a positive response,” a vicar general of the diocese, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, told the Sunday Examiner.

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Parishes growing with new baptisms

HONG KONG (SE): During 2011, there were over 6,200 baptisms of adults, infants or young children in Hong Kong diocese.

The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, used to say that he believed that it is possible to increase this number to 10,000.

But he added that whether it is achieved or not is not as important as the creation of outward-looking, welcoming communities, capable of inviting new people in.

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Don’t forget to fast in Lent

HONG KONG (SE): “Don’t forget to fast in Lent,” goes the old advice for the 40-days from Ash Wednesday leading up to the celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

A February 19 statement from the diocesan Commission for Labour Affairs says that this advice is just as relevant today as it ever was.

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Human rights remarks of Chinese vice president meet with scepticism

Hong Kong (UCAN): Catholic reaction in Hong Kong to the February remarks on China’s human rights record by vice president, Xi Jinping, was sceptical.

Xi’s official February 14 to 19 visit to the United States of America (US), took him to Washington DC; Muscatine, Iowa—where he stayed for two weeks in April 1985 as part of a Chinese delegation looking into farming technology; and finally to Los Angeles.

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New provincial council for Canossians

On Saturday, February 11, the Canossian Daughters of Charity welcomed their newly installed provincial council for the 2012-2015 term. From left to right: Sister Alma Allieri; Sister Susanna Yu, vicar; Sister Cynthia Chan, provincial superior; and Sister Theresa Chien. May the guidance of the Holy Spirit remain with them always.

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