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Farewell to French missionary

HONG KONG (SE): Paris Foreign Mission (MEP) priest, Father Sylvain Rabiller, former assistant parish priest at St. Joseph’s Church, Garden Road, died in France at the age of 74 from liver cancer.

He had worked in Hong Kong for 22 years before retiring to his native France in the summer of 2010 

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Pope names Bishop Tong to receive red hat

Hong Kong (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong, was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI following the noontime Angelus prayer at St. Peter’s Square on January 6. He will be inducted into the College of Cardinals, along with 21 others, at a consistory in Rome on February 18.

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Bishop Tong named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI

 Hong Kong (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI following the noontime Angelus  prayer at St. Peter's Square on January 6.

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The importance of understanding sexuality

HONG KONG (SE): “Imagine God preparing for man and woman. He built two seven-storey towers, one blue and one pink. But then they were shattered by a terrible earthquake, which left life and love in the blue tower in a terrible mess,” Father José Luis Soria said at a talk on Understanding Human Sexuality at the Diocese Centre on December 19.

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Lay missionary commissioned from Happy Valley parish

HONG KONG (SE): “There is no room for self-centredness in local Churches,” Father John Kwan Kit-tong, said at a reception for the commissioning of Stephania Ling Kwan-wai as a lay missionary with the Hong Kong Lay Missionary Association, at a Mass in St. Margaret’s parish, Happy Valley, on December 18.

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PIME sisters celebrate 75 years of mission

Hong Kong (SE): The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, popularly known as the PIME Sisters, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the foundation of their congregation, on Sunday December 4 at St. Thomas the Apostle church in Tsing Yi. The institute was established in Milan, Italy, on 8 December 1936 as an expression of the missionary spirit of the Church in obedience to the mandate of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

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Forty years on Justice in the World document still carries vital message

HONG KONG (SE): “We recognise that justice is not just a legal entity, but something that cannot be divorced from our humanity, as people created in the image and likeness of God,” Poon Wan-yu, from the Hong Kong-based Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples, told a gathering at St. Margaret’s parish in Happy Valley, on December 18.

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A focus on selfishness and pride in Christmas messages

 

HONNG KONG (SE): Both Bishop John Tong Hon and his counterpart in the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Paul Kwong, were critical of a growing tendency in Hong Kong to amass wealth for personal use at the expense of the common good of the whole of society in their Christmas messages for 2011.

In referring to the biblical story of the birth of Jesus, Bishop Tong quoted the phrase, “There was no room at the inn,” saying that the same story has unfolded in Hong Kong.

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Arabic edition of pope’s book

VATICAN (CWNews.com): An Arabic-language edition of Light of the World, the book-length interview with Pope Benedict XVI published last year, went on sale on December 5.

It was launched in Beirut at the Arabic Book Fair. The book, which was first launched last year, is the result of extensive interviews with German journalist, Peter Seewald, who posed 90 questions to the pope.

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Meditation movement celebrates fifth anniversary

HONG KONG (SE): Members of the Worldwide Christian Meditation Group (Hong Kong) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its foundation and the 20th year of the movement with an afternoon seminar on contemplation given by Father Laurence Freeman, its current world director, and a dinner at restaurant in Central on December 10.

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