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Death of Hong Kong-born Dominican mourned

MACAU (SE): Dominican Father Lionel Xavier died at Kiangwu Hospital, Macau, on October 19, following a short battle with cancer. He was 81-years-old and had been a member of the Order of Preachers for 56 years and a priest for 48.

Of Portuguese, Chinese and English descent, Father Xavier was born in Hong Kong on 3 July 1930. 

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The devil’s in the structured sin not 
in the Halloween party

HONG KONG (SE): “Tonight we will discuss Halloween, All Saints and All Souls,” the leader of a young people’s prayer group announced at a parish in Hong Kong in the early part of November.

He explained later that although he is aware that there is a lot of controversy as to whether Halloween should be referred to in the Catholic Church or not, he believes that for young people in Hong Kong, it is necessary to discuss it.

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A much loved pope in the city

HONG KONG (SE): The people of Hong Kong displayed a great love for the late Pope John Paul II, flocking to two requiem Masses celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 4 and 7 April 2005.

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Hong Kong receives relics of 
Blessed John Paul II

HONG KONG (SE): Relics of of Pope Blessed John Paul II were welcomed into the diocese of Hong Kong at a special Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on November 12 by Bishop John Tong Hon.

The bishop said that as soon as he heard that relics were available, he applied, as he is aware that although the late pope had a great love for China, he never had the opportunity to set foot on its soil.

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Living rosary brings families together

Hong Kong (SE): A unique way of honouring Our Lady of the Rosary at the parish in Tsimshatsui which carries the name of the timeless prayer, was celebrated by families and their friends from Rosary parish on October 23.

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Caritas continues to bring people together

HONG KONG (SE): “The Caritas Bazaar is made possible through the efforts of many different sectors in our Church and society,” Bishop John Tong Hon said at the opening of the bazaar season in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, on November 6.

He added that the volunteer work done by so many people, as well as the tens of thousands who generously give their financial support is a manifestation of the love and presence of God in our world.

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The Caritas mission to the last the least and the lost continues

 HONG KONG (SE): The Caritas Bazaar season opened at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay and Tuen Mun Cultural Square on Heung Sze Wui Road on November 6, with hundreds of volunteers manning booths and hustling sales to the tens of thousands of visitors that trooped into the opening day of the biggest charity event of the year in Hong Kong.

Bazaars will be held in Fa Hui Park in Boundary Street, Kowloon, on November 13, then at Shatin, Tsuen Wan, and on the island of Cheung Chau on November 20.

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Hong Kong brings home SIGNIS Asia Award

HONG KONG (SE): A 15-minute video produced by the Hong Kong Diocesan Audio Visual Centre on the ability of young, down-and-out people to really make something of themselves if given the right opportunities in life, brought home the SIGNIS Asia Media Award for 2011, at the annual SIGNIS Asia Assembly held at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort near Kathmandu, Nepal, from October 17 to 21.
A documentary on a local non-government organisation called Youth Outreach (YO), under the title of YO—Power to Grow, was announced the winner ahead of five other entries at a cultural evening on the final night o

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Eight inducted into the Order of Malta

HONG KONG (SE): Eight postulants from Hong Kong were inducted as members of the international Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St.

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Sense of deep divides in our world expressed at Assisi Prayer for Peace

ASSISI (CNS/Agencies): A common thread of unease ran through the Prayer for Peace encounter in Assisi on October 27.
It was described as an uneasy sense that the world is facing not only conflict and war, but a much broader crisis affecting social and cultural life in every country of the world.
Environmental damage, the rich-poor divide, erosion of cultural traditions, terrorism and new threats to society’s weakest members were cited as increasingly worrisome developments.
Addressing the 300 official delegates, Pope Benedict XVI echoed these sentiments in reviewing the state of g

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