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Korean democracy lesson for Hong Kong

GWANGJU (UCAN): Twelve members of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Hong Kong (JPC) visited Gwangju, South Korea to learn about the Gwangju Uprising of 18 to 27 May 1980, when citizens took up arms after Chonnam University students demonstrating against the military government were beaten by soldiers. South Korean authorities said about 200 died in the uprising from but activists put the figure at about 2,000.
 

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Knowing the reason behind poverty

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the second World Day of the Poor, the Commission for Labour Affairs in Hong Kong organised a series of activities under the title, Wages and Poverty, during the months of October and November to address the situations of the grassroots, particularly cleaning workers employed under the government’s outsourcing system.
 

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Gambling addicts seek redemption through faith

HONG KONG (UCAN): Compulsive gambling is not only ruining the lives of the gambling addicted but destroying families as more victimised spouses seek help from support agencies, according to a recent survey by the Caritas-Hong Kong Addicted Gamblers Counselling Centre.
 

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The permanent diaconate

The Church in Hong Kong will celebrate a joyous occasion on November 24 (this Saturday), when, after years of formation, three men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate.
 
The Diocese of Hong Kong, which ordained the first cohort of two permanent deacons in 1997, became the first local Church to restore the permanent diaconate within the Asian region. The permanent diaconate was revived by the Second Vatican Council in 1967. 
 








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Centre for the disabled marks silver jubilee

HONG KONG (SE): The Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Disabled, Homantin, celebrated its silver jubilee on October 27 with an open day.
 
During a sharing session, Peggy Fung Pui-kay, chairperson of the centre, talked about its services, which include a Mass for the physically disadvantaged on the first Sunday of the month followed by lunch. She invited people to volunteer to help.
 
Veteran volunteers then spoke about the skills needed to help physically disadvantaged and visually-impaired people on an outing.

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Canossian sister returns to the Lord

HONG KONG (SE): Sister Susanna Yeung of Canossian Daughter of Charity, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 25, at the age of 71, at the Jesuit retreat venue, Xavier House, in Cheung Chau, just a few days after starting her month of Spiritual Exercises.
 
Born in Hainan, China, on 11 October 1947, Sister Yeung joined the Canossian religious family in Hong Kong in 1967 and made her first profession on 14 September 1970. 
 

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Beijing symposium marks 50th anniversary of Chinese-language bible

Hong Kong (UCAN): Various Church groups from mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have been organising seminars and symposiums in honour of the 50th anniversary original translation—of the Bible from Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek sources into Chinese by the Studium Biblicum OFM in Hong Kong.
 
The Studium Biblicum Version, is the predominant Chinese-language translation of the Bible used by Chinese Catholics.
 

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Music to celebrate 130th anniversary of the cathedral

HONG KONG (SE): A thanksgiving concert was held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on October 14 to celebrate its 130th anniversary.
 
A number of Catholic musicians, the Cathedral Joint Choirs, the Good Hope School Choir as well as the Chummy Choir were invited to perform that day.
 
Under the leadership of musical director, Viola Yuen Wing-ling, the concert featured performances on instruments such as the trumpet, violin, cello, pipe organ, hand bells and harp. 
 

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Celebrating the Transitus of St. Francis

HONG KONG (SE): The Franciscan congregations in Hong Kong and Macau celebrated their annual Transitus (passage through death to life) of St. Francis of Assisi on September 29 in Macau. 
 
Upon arrival in Macau, the group visited Our Lady of Fatima Girl’s School, then after lunch, they proceeded to the community of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels in Toishan. 
 
Our Lady of Fatima Parish was the next stop. 
 

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Young people called to mission

HONG KONG (SE): For the Diocesan Year of Youth, the deaneries of the Church in Hong Kong invited young people to come together and take part in Mission Sunday activities on October 21 and to help proclaim the Good News to others.
 

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