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What’s national may not 
necessarily be moral

 

As the government of Hong Kong retires to consider its verdict on the Moral and National Education Consultation Paper, educationalists ponder the possible outcomes of such a course being introduced.

The lumping of the two words moral and national together is one concern, as the very title suggests that there is something moral about national pride or patriotism, whereas in reality, this is a long bow to draw.








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Cardinal Zen questions unconditional commitment to government

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Education is a process in which students seek the truth and, in the process, develop their potential,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, told around 300 people at a forum organised by the Catholic Education Office at Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School on September 25 to discuss the proposed Moral and National Education Consultation Paper.

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A rare peep into Eastern Catholic spirituality

HONG KONG (SE): A rare peep into the spirituality of Eastern Catholic Churches will be presented by Australian-born Father Olexander Kenez, currently working through the Eparchy of Ss. Peter and Paul, in Melbourne.

Father Kenez is in Hong Kong and is presenting a series lectures, liturgies and prayer sessions designed to give a deeper insight into the path to holiness developed in the rich traditions of Eastern Catholicism.

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Maryknoll centenarian goes to eternal rest

Hong Kong  (SE): Sister Agnes McKeirnan (Rose Eileen) died peacefully at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in New York on September 5. She was just 25 days short of her 101st birthday. 

Born on 11 October 1910 to Rose and Joseph McKeirnan in Pomeroy, Washington, the United States of America (US), Sister McKeirnan had five brothers and three sisters. One brother, Father Michael McKeirnan, was a Maryknoll priest, who also worked in Hong Kong during his life time.

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Farewell to two Canossian sisters

Hong Kong (SE): The Canossian Daughters of Charity recently bad farewell to two long serving companions.

Sister Maria Pirotta died peacefully in her sleep at the Villa Bakhita Canossian Convent, Caine Road, on August 30, at the ripe age of 98, while 78-year-old Sister Margaret Lee passed away at Canossa Hospital in the early morning of September 3.

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Canossian jubilarians

Hong Kong (SE): On September 10, the Canossian Sisters celebrated the jubilees of Sister Margaret Renoldi, who marked a remarkable 80 years as a religious, and Sister Magdalen Shiu, who celebrated her silver anniversary.

A thanksgiving Mass was concelebrated  by Father Thomas Leung SJ, Father Lawrence Lee Len and Father Philip Chan at the Canossian Missions Chapel in Caine Road. 

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Bishop Tong stresses importance of communion to visiting delegation of sisters from China

HONG KONG (SE): In an address to a delegation of religious sisters from mainland China visiting Hong Kong on September 8, Bishop John Tong Hon spoke of the importance of unity and communion in the universal Church, as well as the consolidation of religious life and a spirit of evangelisation.

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Diocese celebrates 90 year landmark of foundation of the Legion of Mary

HONG KONG (SE): In marking the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Legion of Mary by Frank Duff in Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September 1921, Bishop John Tong Hon recalled the heroic love and dedication shown by a legionary he witnessed as a young man in Canton, China, during a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on September 18.

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Theology in schools can put faith into public discussion

HONG KONG (SE): “How to present theology to young people in the modern world, is a big question facing Catholic education in Hong Kong,” Imelda Lam Pui-hing told the Sunday Examiner as she prepared to depart for the United States of America (US) for post-graduate studies in the philosophical perspective of religious studies.

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Education is lived not done

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Education Office of the diocese of Hong Kong has chosen commitment and companionship as its theme in a pastoral letter released on July 15 and circulated around the diocese to mark Education Day, September 25.

Taking Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as a role model, the statement quotes from the Gospel of St. John (10:14), which says, “I am the good shepherd; I know mine and mine know me.”

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