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Three professions for Franciscan Missionary Sisters

Hong Kong (SE): On August 11, the feast of St. Clare of Assisi, the rite of Profession in Consecrated Life was celebrated for three members of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows. Sister Maria Martha Santos made her final profession, while two novices, Sister Maria Corazon Liwanag and Sister Maria Francis Lee, made their first profession.

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Hong Kong throws weight behind permanent diaconate in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Agencies): The bishops of Taiwan invited Father Dominic Chan Chi-mingand two permanent deacons from Hong Kong, Reverend Paul Yeow Yau-hung and Reverend Joseph Sung Wan-lung, to take part in a pilot training programme on the permanent diaconate in Taipei on July 28 and 29.

They were invited to share the experience of the diaconate in the diocese over the past 20 years.

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Choosing who to vote for in the coming legislative election

HONG KONG (SE): The fifth Legislative Council (LegCo) election is just around the corner. On September 9, three million people will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their preferred candidate.

But will the one they choose support people’s rights and will they give a voice to the working class of Hong Kong?

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Farewell to longtime missionary to Hong Kong Church

Hong Kong (SE): On the afternoon of August 8, Father Antonio Garaventa returned to our heavenly Father to receive his eternal reward.

The Italian priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) was 84 years old.

On May 15, after 58 years working for the Church in Hong Kong, ill health forced him to return to Italy when he took a turn for the worse after an operation at St. Teresa’s Hospital.

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Stay and pray an hour in solidarity with the people of Myanmar

HONG KONG (SE): “We are here to do what is possible in support of real peace,” Father Franco Mella told a group of around 40 people who gathered at the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui to stay and watch for one hour with the people of the Union of Myanmar on the 23rd anniversary of what the world knows today as the 8888 (8 August ’88) Uprising.

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Hong Kong women have longest life expectancy

HONG KONG (Agencies) : Women in Hong Kong can expect to live longer than anyone else in the world, figures from a census taken in the special administrative region last year show.

The average life expectancy for a woman Hong Kong rose to 86.7 years, up from 84.6 a decade ago.

The previous record holders, the women of Japan, lose their ascendancy in top spot with the life expectancy slumping to 85.9-years-of-age.

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Our brains don’t need washing the people say

HONG KONG (SE) : Around 90,000 people are estimated to have joined a rally on July 29 calling on the government of Hong Kong to scrap plans to introduce a National and Moral Education Curriculum, scheduled to begin operation in some schools in September.

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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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