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Some proposals for the new government of HKSAR from the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

 

‘The joys and the hopes, the grief and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ’ (Note 1)

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Family and the common good

HONG KONG (SE): “The family exists at the heart of all societies. It is the first and most basic community to which every person belongs,” the bishops of the United States of America wrote in their in their message for the 1994 United Nations Year of the Family, Follow the way of love.

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Laying the foundations for the 2047 integration of Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Something may have been rotten in the state of Denmark in the era of the English bard, William Shakespeare, but school supervisor, Father Vittorio Grioni, believes that in today’s world a suspicious aroma is wafting around the National and Moral Education Curriculum, which debuted in some primary schools in Hong Kong on September 3.

Father Grioni says that apart from questioning the content of the curriculum itself, the really critical question is the timing, “Why now?”

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Beatification for the translator of the first Chinese Catholic bible

HONG KONG (SE): Father Gabriele Maria Allegra, a Sicilian Franciscan who devoted 40 years of his life to making a complete translation of the bible into Chinese, will be beatified in the cathedral church of Acireale in Sicily on September 29.

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Maryknoll mourns two old Hong Kong hands

HONG KONG (SE): The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers are mourning the deaths of two of their members who spent time working in Hong Kong.

A former superior of the congregation in Hong Kong, Father José Angel Arámburu, died at St. Teresa’s Residence in Maryknoll, New York, in the United States of America (US), on August 18, and Father Thomas Danaher, who passed away at the Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, New York, on August 13.

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How will the LegCo stand on national education?

HONG KONG (SE): Candidates in geographical constituencies running for the Legislative Council (LegCo) in the September 9 election who replied to a survey carried out by the Parents Concern Group on National Education in mid-August, showed a distinct preference as a group for the withdrawal of the government demand for National and Moral Education.

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No national education in Catholic schools

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong says that its schools will not introduce National and Moral Education in the wake of an announcement by the chief executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, at 7.00pm on September 8 that his administration would shelve the controversial subject for the time being.

Father Stephen Chan, from the Justice and Peace Commission, pointed out that the programme is not scrapped, only postponed.

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Experiencing joy by spreading it 
is theme of diocesan youth day

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Youth Commission organised a two-day gathering for young people at Mother of Good Counsel in San Po Kong from August 18 to 19.

The 110 young people aged between 15 and 35 who took part in the interactive programme said that they found sharing their joy with others a fulfilling experience.

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What the silent majority thinks may not be as clear as some presume

HONG KONG (SE): Civil society in Hong Kong continues its staunch opposition to the introduction of National and Moral Education, scheduled to begin in some schools at the beginning of the school year on September 3.

What began as a disagreement on an education curriculum came to a full blown political head during the afternoon of September 1, as tens of thousands of people began to gather outside the government offices in Tamar.

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