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Salesians farewell remarkable confrère

 

Hong Kong (SE): On March 9, his 86th birthday, Salesian Brother Joseph Ao Hoi-in died at around 10.30pm, at Pamela Youde Eastern Hospital, Chai Wan. 

His rector, sole surviving cousin and a friend were with him. Only two hours earlier, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong, with his young confrères had come to pray at his bedside. Brother Ao had been rushed to hospital that morning suffering from cardiac arrest.

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The hour the earth shook and the waters swelled

HONG KONG (SE): As the clock ticked down to 1.46pm on March 11, the hour that the earth began to shake last year and the mighty tsunami that swept into the province of Fukushima, Japan, began to swell, Frances Tong and Anglican Pastor Fung Chi Wood, laid a wreath before a large photograph of the stark trunks of two trees standing desolate in the snow, at the opening of a photographic exhibition in Central Plaza, Wanchai.

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Gala welcome home for new cardina

HONG KONG (SE): The people and priests of Hong Kong diocese gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on March 3 for the celebration of a Mass of thanksgiving and to welcome the newly appointed John Cardinal Tong Hon back home from Rome.

Attended by around 20 representatives of Christian denominations and religious faiths, as well as the former bishop of the diocese, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, people rose to applaud the new cardinal when he entered the packed cathedral.

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The coat-of-arms of the cardinal

HONG KONG (SE): In choosing his coat of arms as a cardinal, John Cardinal Tong Hon has kept the central design from the one he took as bishop of Hong Kong in 2009, while adding the insignia of a cardinal to the design.

It features a book, which represents the Interim Report and Proposals of the late John Baptist Cardinal Wu Cheng-chung and relates to his pastoral exhortation, March into the Bright Decade.

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On the occasion of my elevation to the College of Cardinals Homily of John Cardinal Tong on 3 March 2012 — Hong Kong Cathedral

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

 

Out of the great love of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the Catholics of Hong Kong and our Motherland, I was elevated as a member of the College of Cardinals on February 18.

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Call for electoral change

HONG KONG (UCAN): Religious leaders have called for changes in the election process of the special administrative region’s chief executive officer amid deepening scandals surrounding two of the leading candidates.

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It is business as usual but more so 
new cardinal tells media

HONG KONG (SE): The first Hong Kong-born cardinal described the honour bestowed upon him by Pope Benedict XVI at a consistory in the Vatican on February 18 as a challenge to serve with greater courage.

John Cardinal Tong Hon told the Hong Kong media on March 2 that although he is the one on whom the honour has been conferred, it is more a recognition of the importance of the Church in Hong Kong and China.

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Chance lunch brings double blessing to China Church

HONG KONG (SE): A chance lunch at a parish in Brooklyn in the United States of America just 100 years ago led to a steady flow of missionaries coming to China during the first half and the latter part of the 20th century.

Irish-born Father Edward Galvin, who was to become one of the founders of the Columban Mission Society, played host to Father John Fraser, later the founder of the Canadian Scarboro Mission Society, who was returning to China after a trip home to raise money and support for his mission.

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Dust to dust and ashes to ashes

HONG KONG (SE): “There is something decidedly public about Ash Wednesday,” Lauren Winter, from Duke Divinity School in Durham, the United States of America, says.

“Walking around all day with a dash of grey ash across your forehead is among the most visible symbolic Christian things that we do all year,” she explains.

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International event to mark culmination of Year of Laity

HONG KONG (SE): An international lay ministry exchange seminar will be held from October 27 to November 1 at the Caritas Oi Fai Camp in Cheung Chau, as a major function to culminate the various activities that have taken place in the diocese during the extended Year of the Laity.

“All parishes and faith communities in Hong Kong are being encouraged to make a positive response,” a vicar general of the diocese, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, told the Sunday Examiner.

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