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Parishes growing with new baptisms

HONG KONG (SE): During 2011, there were over 6,200 baptisms of adults, infants or young children in Hong Kong diocese.

The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, used to say that he believed that it is possible to increase this number to 10,000.

But he added that whether it is achieved or not is not as important as the creation of outward-looking, welcoming communities, capable of inviting new people in.

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Don’t forget to fast in Lent

HONG KONG (SE): “Don’t forget to fast in Lent,” goes the old advice for the 40-days from Ash Wednesday leading up to the celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

A February 19 statement from the diocesan Commission for Labour Affairs says that this advice is just as relevant today as it ever was.

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Human rights remarks of Chinese vice president meet with scepticism

Hong Kong (UCAN): Catholic reaction in Hong Kong to the February remarks on China’s human rights record by vice president, Xi Jinping, was sceptical.

Xi’s official February 14 to 19 visit to the United States of America (US), took him to Washington DC; Muscatine, Iowa—where he stayed for two weeks in April 1985 as part of a Chinese delegation looking into farming technology; and finally to Los Angeles.

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New provincial council for Canossians

On Saturday, February 11, the Canossian Daughters of Charity welcomed their newly installed provincial council for the 2012-2015 term. From left to right: Sister Alma Allieri; Sister Susanna Yu, vicar; Sister Cynthia Chan, provincial superior; and Sister Theresa Chien. May the guidance of the Holy Spirit remain with them always.

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New executive council for lay community

Hong Kong (SE): At its annual general assembly, held from January 14 to 15, the Christian Life Community (Hong Kong) elected its new executive council for 2012-2014: Jasmine Hui, president; Carmen Chan, vice-president; Dora Yeung, treasurer; Jennifer Young, secretary; Carol Au Yang, publication secretary; Nichole Chan, Martin Lau and Kyoko Leung, councillors.

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A parish built on a long faith history

HONG KONG (SE): Parishioners overflowed the parish church at Our Lady of Lourdes in Chi Fu to welcome Bishop John Tong Hon to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their parish on February 11.

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New cardinal shares on his vision for Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): “I feel very unworthy of this position. But I am also grateful for the honour,” Bishop John Tong Hong told AsiaNews on the eve of his elevation to the rank of cardinal, which took place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 18.

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Bishop Tong to be seventh Chinese cardinal

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon will become a cardinal at a ceremony conducted by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, on February 18.

He will become the seventh Chinese cardinal and the first Hong Kong-born person to be elevated to the rank.

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Second red hat for Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon has been awarded a red hat by Pope Benedict XVI and will be elevated to the rank of cardinal at a ceremony in the Vatican on February 18, along with 21 others from around the world.

The pope will impose the biretta, consign the ring and assign a title. The new cardinals will concelebrate a Mass of thanksgiving with the pope on the following day.

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Relic of Blessed Teresa welcomed to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (UCAN): In welcoming a relic of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity to Hong Kong, Bishop John Tong Hon asked people to pray that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata may intercede in helping people to make a new beginning in China-Vatican dialogue at a Mass celebrated at Ss. Cosmas and Damian parish, Tseun Wan, on February 5.

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