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Lay missionary commissioned from Happy Valley parish

HONG KONG (SE): “There is no room for self-centredness in local Churches,” Father John Kwan Kit-tong, said at a reception for the commissioning of Stephania Ling Kwan-wai as a lay missionary with the Hong Kong Lay Missionary Association, at a Mass in St. Margaret’s parish, Happy Valley, on December 18.

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PIME sisters celebrate 75 years of mission

Hong Kong (SE): The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, popularly known as the PIME Sisters, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of their congregation, on Sunday December 4 at St. Thomas the Apostle church in Tsing Yi. The institute was established in Milan, Italy, on 8 December 1936 as an expression of the missionary spirit of the Church in obedience to the mandate of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

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Forty years on Justice in the World document still carries vital message

HONG KONG (SE): “We recognise that justice is not just a legal entity, but something that cannot be divorced from our humanity, as people created in the image and likeness of God,” Poon Wan-yu, from the Hong Kong-based Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples, told a gathering at St. Margaret’s parish in Happy Valley, on December 18.

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A focus on selfishness and pride in Christmas messages

 

HONNG KONG (SE): Both Bishop John Tong Hon and his counterpart in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Paul Kwong, were critical of a growing tendency in Hong Kong to amass wealth for personal use at the expense of the common good of the whole of society in their Christmas messages for 2011.

In referring to the biblical story of the birth of Jesus, Bishop Tong quoted the phrase, “There was no room at the inn,” saying that the same story has unfolded in Hong Kong.

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Arabic edition of pope’s book

VATICAN (CWNews.com): An Arabic-language edition of Light of the World, the book-length interview with Pope Benedict XVI published last year, went on sale on December 5.

It was launched in Beirut at the Arabic Book Fair. The book, which was first launched last year, is the result of extensive interviews with German journalist, Peter Seewald, who posed 90 questions to the pope.

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Meditation movement celebrates fifth anniversary

HONG KONG (SE): Members of the Worldwide Christian Meditation Group (Hong Kong) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its foundation and the 20th year of the movement with an afternoon seminar on contemplation given by Father Laurence Freeman, its current world director, and a dinner at restaurant in Central on December 10.

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La Salle College celebrates the responsibility of heritage

 

HONG KONG (SE): “This is your college. That is why we are here,” Brother Steve Hogan, the principal of La Salle College in Kowloon Tong told 1,650 students gathered together with staff, old boys and supporters of the school at a Mass celebrated by Bishop John Tong Hon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Central on December 2, to mark the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the prestigious academic institution.

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Diocese acknowledges value of lifetime witness through religious life

HONG KONG (SE) : The diocese celebrated the silver, gold and diamond jubilees of 38 brothers, sisters and priests, as well as two sisters who have reached 70 years in religious life, one 75 and another 80, at a reception and Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Among them was the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, who was ordained a Salesian priest in 1961.

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Laity formation fund increased

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong has increased its Annual Fund for the Formation of the Laity from $1 million to $1.2 million as a result of an appeal launched during the Year of the Laity to give greater access to theological studies to Catholic people.

On November 6, the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, the Kung Kao Po, reported that in the 18th annual distribution of the fund, 65 scholarships were assigned.

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New deacon for Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Aloysius Mak Ying-kin is set to be ordained a deacon for the diocese of Hong Kong by Bishop John Tong Hon at St. Jude’s in North Point, at 3.00pm on December 10.

Mak, who was born in Hong Kong in 1980 and baptised soon afterwards at St. Alfred’s parish in Shatin, was brought up in a Catholic home.

However, at the age of two, Mak moved with his family to Tai Po, later becoming an altar boy at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish.

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