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Columban associates look back on a decade

HONG KONG (SE): Around 30 members of the Columban Sisters Associates Group gathered at the Caritas Restaurant in Central on November 19 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the group.

From humble beginnings one decade ago, the group has grown steadily, both in numbers and in the dedication of its members to living the missionary charism of the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban in their daily lives.

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Maryknoll centennial celebrated with gratitude

HONG KONG (SE): The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers held a family celebration of the centennial of the founding of the United States of America (US) missionary society at the Happy Valley Racecourse on November 24.

Almost 300 people gathered to raise a glass in appreciation of the great service Maryknoll has given to the people of Hong Kong and the 30 countries around the world where its missionaries are working.

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Smart breviary not just for priests and religious

HONG KONG (UCAN): It is becoming more common these days in Hong Kong to see people in public places reading, watching videos, playing games or texting friends, while at the same time completely oblivious to the bustling world around them.

This phenomenon coupled with a change in reading habits inspired a middle-aged priest to develop a new app to promote daily prayer among the Catholics.

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Canossian sisters bid farewell to two

Hong Kong (SE): The Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute bade a final farewell to Sister Margaret Renoldi on November 5, just 120 days after her 100th birthday and in her 80th year of religious life; and Sister Amelia Ip on November 14, just shy of her 81st birthday. They were both at the Villa Bakhita Canossian Convent, Hong Kong. 

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Diocese honours father of modern music in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): A gala recital was held in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of November 19 as a tribute to Macau-born composer, Doming Lam, on the occasion of his 85th birthday.

A self-taught composer, Lam studied in Canada at the Toronto Conservatory of Music in the early 1950s and later moved into film music and production in California, the United States of America, where he also looked into avant-garde compositional techniques in the 1960s.

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Digging out liturgical treasures from new translation of the Mass

HONG KONG (SE): Speaking to what has been the much criticised New English Translation of the Mass, Filipino Benedictine, Father Anscar Chupungco, told around 300 people gathered in the Caritas Hall in Central on November 18 that he was addressing the matter with some apprehension.

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Caritas Bazaars raise over $4 million to date

Hong Kong (SE): Fun-filled events at Cheung Chau, Shatin and Tsuen Wan closed out the Caritas Bazaar season for 2011. As at November 21, over $4 million had been raised. Over 100,000 people dropped in at the six bazaars—including those at Victoria Park and Tuen Mun on November 6, and Fa Hui Park, Kowloon on November 11.

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Father Sean Burke honoured at opening of new facility

HONG KONG (SE): The grand opening of the Father Sean Burke Care Home for the Elderly in Sai Kung on November 11 was testimony that the helping hand of the late Maryknoll priest is still active two-and-a-half years after his death.

The foundation, which came into existence under the inspiration of Father Burke in 1978, currently sponsors three homes for the care of people in need and three housing units for people in their sunset years, caring for over 700 people.

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Death of Hong Kong-born Dominican mourned

MACAU (SE): Dominican Father Lionel Xavier died at Kiangwu Hospital, Macau, on October 19, following a short battle with cancer. He was 81-years-old and had been a member of the Order of Preachers for 56 years and a priest for 48.

Of Portuguese, Chinese and English descent, Father Xavier was born in Hong Kong on 3 July 1930. 

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The devil’s in the structured sin not 
in the Halloween party

HONG KONG (SE): “Tonight we will discuss Halloween, All Saints and All Souls,” the leader of a young people’s prayer group announced at a parish in Hong Kong in the early part of November.

He explained later that although he is aware that there is a lot of controversy as to whether Halloween should be referred to in the Catholic Church or not, he believes that for young people in Hong Kong, it is necessary to discuss it.

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