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Hong Kong hosts international lay ministry conference

 

HONG KONG (SE): Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming says that he has high expectations for the upcoming Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry scheduled to be held in Hong Kong as a culminating event for the Year of the Laity from October 27 to November 1 (see insert).

Delegates at the conference are coming from across the Chinese-speaking world, including the Chinese diaspora in Australia, the United States of America and Canada, Europe and Africa.

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Students reflect on ferry tragedy

Shung Tak Catholic English College:

 

Apple—Class 3S

From this accident, I learned a lot.

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Rosary parish enjoys a good night out

 

 

HONG KONG (SE): Autumn is a season of falling leaves in many parts of the world, but Father Des Cox lamented that incidents of HIV/AIDS, which had been falling, are now on the rise, at An Autumn Evening of Classical and Contemporary Music at St. John’s Cathedral on October 9.

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Cardinal Tong reflects on 40 years of Asian bishops’ federation

HONG KONG (SE): “We may take the early Church community (Acts 2:43-47) as a model of evangelisation today,” John Cardinal Tong Hon says in his message, dated September 24, to the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences on the 40th anniversary of its founding.

The establishment of the federation was approved by Pope Paul VI in 1972 and the 40th anniversary will be marked during the coming plenary gathering be held in Vietnam from November 19 to 25.

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Catholic commission calls for a family wage

HONG KONG (SE): In a call to link the minimum wage with the cost of supporting a family, the Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs has joined the People’s Alliance for a Minimum Wage in expressing frustration over the recommendation by the Minimum Wage Commission to raise the current level by only $2.

The alliance is calling on the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, to revise the makeup of the wage commission, as it believes that it is unrepresentative of the community as a whole.

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First beatification out of Hong Kong celebrated

HONG KONG (SE): The Franciscan Order of Friars Minor hosted a Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on October 4 to celebrate the beatification of Father Gabriele Allegro, the first person to have laboured long on Hong Kong soil to receive such an honour in the Church.

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May grief from ferry tragedy evolve into determination to cherish all life

HONG KONG (SE): In a silence, broken only by the percussion of a gong, the more than 900 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on October 3 mourned those who died in the tragic collision between two ferries off Lamma Island on October 1 and prayed for the bereaved and injured.

The diocese of Hong Kong marked the vigil of a three-day official mourning period with a Mass offered for those who died in the tragedy and the welfare of the injured.

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Hong Kong draws its first poverty line

HONG KONG (UCAN) : A task force on poverty announced on September 28 that it would follow standards set by the European Union in setting the first official poverty line to be drawn in Hong Kong in a bid to tackle the income gap which has been widening over past years.

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The creeping threat of Moral
and National Education

HONG KONG (SE): A warning went out that Hong Kong is still a long way from being out of the woods on the thorny issue of Moral and National Education at a seminar sponsored by the Justice and Peace Commission at Newman Catholic College in Yaumatei on September 23.

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Muslims show their hurt and frustration at prayer rally

HONG KONG (SE): Around 3,000 people from the Muslim community in Hong Kong gathered in Chater Garden on September 23 to express their hurt and frustration over the mocking of the prophet, Muhammad, by the movie produced in the United States of America (US), The Innocence of Muslims.

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