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Bishop’s Christmas greetings to the city

HONG KONG (SE): In wishing the people of Hong Kong a Christmas celebration filled with peace and joy, the bishop of the city, John Cardinal Tong Hon, made a call for young people to be given prominence, asking that even though they may hold divergent views from mainstream society, they be listened to carefully and their opinion taken seriously.

He points out that as we look back over the past 12 months, we have to recall that it was a year full of tension, which has caused much pain in the wider society.

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Long years of service to the people of God celebrated

HONG KONG (SE): At an afternoon tea reception held in the Caritas Community Hall in Caine Road prior to a Mass of thanksgiving to acknowledge the long years of service to the people of Hong Kong of brothers, sisters and priests marking their 25th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries, the bishop of the city, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said he has great esteem for them.

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Call to withdraw judicial reviews

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission issued a joint statement along with other Christian groups, urging the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, to withdraw the judicial reviews he filed on December 2 against four members of the Legislative Council (LegCo).

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A Jesuit thanksgiving for 90-year presence in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): The Society of Jesus celebrated a thanksgiving Mass to mark the 90th anniversary of its establishment in Hong Kong at St. Ignatius Chapel in Wah Yan College, Kowloon, on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, December 3.

The first group of Jesuits arrived in the Pearl of the Orient in 1926. They were quickly joined early in the following year by reinforcements, making a starting group of six priests.

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Lived in darkness and buried in secret

HONG KONG (SE): The Filipino community in Hong Kong joined the angry reaction in The Philippines to the burial of the architect of martial law and state plunder, Ferdinand Marcos, alongside those who gave their lives heroically for the betterment of the nation in the Heroes Cemetery (Libingan ng mga Bayani) in Manila.

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Religious values help social development

HONG KONG (SE): Christian scholars pointed out at a recent forum at the University of Hong Kong that religion is an important part of civil society, as it can help build up a common vision among people.

The forum, running under the theme, Freedom, Civil Society and the State, was organised by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the end of October to look into the relationship among the three elements.

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Lenten Campaign distributed

HONG KONG (SE): The Lenten Campaign for 2016 raised a grand total of $7.07 million, the chairperson of the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee, Bernard Chan, reported at the closing of the campaign in mid-November.

Running under the theme, To be merciful as our Heavenly Father, Chan pointed out that the financial result from the 2016 campaign represents a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

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Caritas Raffle draw

HONG KONG (SE): A public draw of the Caritas Raffle for this year was held in the Caritas Hall in Caine Road on November 25 in the presence of around 60 people.

With the winning ticket numbers pulled out by a computer programme in the presence of an auditing team, the vice president of the Friends of Caritas, Andrew Chan Tak-kuen, kicked off the draw, spinning the first round of 20 numbers.

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Church in China needs your concern

HONG KONG (SE): Father Bruno Lepeu, from the Holy Spirit Study Centre, reminded a gathering of 100 or so people at St. Vincent’s Chapel in Wong Tai Sin on November 13 that it is important they learn more about the situation of the Church in China, as right now is a critical time.

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Bishop calls for unity in the face of Beijing intervention

HONG KONG (SE): Speakers at a seminar on the interpretation handed down on November 7 by Beijing on Article 104 of the Basic Law, which requires the chief executive, principal officials, members of the Executive Council and of the Legislative Council, in addition to judges of the courts at all levels to obey the Basic Law, described it as a big challenge to the judicial system in Hong Kong, as well as the One Country, Two Systems principle.

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