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Three ordained to the permanent diaconate

 

Three new permanent deacons for the diocese on July 14 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road. Seen here with their wives are, from left to right: Deacon Nestor Kwan Chung-wah, Deacon Faustus Lam Sair-ling and Deacon Paul Siu Wai-leung. Around 1,000 people attended the Mass which was concelebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon, bishop of Hong Kong, and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze Kiun, the
former bishop of the diocese.

 

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Press freedom takes a dive in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): Journalists and editors in Hong Kong believe that restrictions on press freedom have risen sharply in recent years, according to the results of a poll released by the Hong Kong Journalists Association on June 24.

Nearly 87 per cent of media workers questioned in the survey said new limitations hamper their work.

Conducted between April 18 and May 4, the survey polled 663 reporters, photographers, editors and people in media management.

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Cardinal Tong president of synod

HONG KONG (SE): John Cardinal Tong Hon has been appointed as one of the three president delegates to the upcoming Synod of Bishops scheduled to take place in the Vatican from October 7 to 28.

The bishop of Hong Kong will be joined in the role by the archbishop of Guadalajara in Mexico, Francisco Cardinal Robles Ortega; and the archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya, the Vatican Information Service reported on July 2.

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Battle for hearts and minds of the people

 

HONG KONG (SE): “It is 15 years since the soil of Hong Kong returned to China, but the hearts of the people did not return with it,” Father Stephen Chan Moon-hung told around 900 people gathered around the kiosk for a prayer service in Victoria Park prior to the July 1 rally.

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A good dose of biblical wisdom and Church social teaching can inspire a chief executive

On July 1, Leung Chun-ying will officially become the chief executive of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

His success in what is referred to as the closed election for the chief executive is not without controversy and certainly signals a shift in political power and approach to both the administration and political structure of the territory.

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First communion at Rosaryhill

Hong Kong (SE): Twelve children received first holy communion on May 20, during a Mass celebrated by
Father Emiliano Perez op, at Rosaryhill School chapel, in Stubbs Road.

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New priest for the diocese

HONG KONG (SE): Aloysius Mak-Ying-kin was ordained a priest by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, on June 23, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Aberdeen, Father Benedict Lam Cho-ming, recommended the deacon to the bishop for ordination and the newly-ordained priest asked the more than 1,200 people present to pray for him in his vocation as a priest and to mirror the value of his service to him to help him to always strive to do better.

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Discontent and mistrust cast shadow over handover anniversary

HONG KONG (UCAN/SE): The Hong Kong Celebrations Association announced that the 15th anniversary of the 1 July 1997 handover of the former colony from British to Chinese sovereignty will be marked with a three-day gala carnival of events.

However, while the announcement may have been upbeat, its spirit does not seem to be reflected in the mood of the seven million-strong population of the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

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Keeping the memory of Tiananmen alive

HONG KONG (SE): “I am here to learn how to carry on the tradition of keeping the memory alive,” a 16-year-old said at a prayer service held at the kiosk in Victoria Park prior to the candlelight vigil in memory of those who suffered and died in the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 4 June 1989.

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