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Cardinal Tong takes possession of titular church

 

ROME (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, officially took possession of his titular church of S. Maria Regina degli Apostoli alla Montagnola (Mary Queen of the Apostles) in Rome, Italy, on February 18. It is located near the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

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One of thousands of journeys to the baptismal font this Easter

HONG KONG (SE): Around 3,500 adults received the sacrament of baptism at the Easter celebrations in Hong Kong this year, as well as many children from their families and parishes.

Thousands of stories of the journey to faith are hidden within the lives of these people. In the case of children, the stories may be quite short, or predominately belong to their parents, but among the adults, each one has made a uniquely personal journey to faith and finally to the baptismal font.

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Easter appeal for children in need

 

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas Hong Kong appealed for support for the Wei You Orphanage in Jingang City, Henan province in mainland China over the Easter Triduum observance.

Speaking at both the English and Chinese Holy Thursday Masses of the Last Supper in Rosary parish in Tsim Sha Tsui, Debbie Lo Po-ha, from the Caritas mainland desk, explained that a group of sisters began taking in abandoned children in Jingang in 1999.

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Right of abode ruling may affect more than migrant workers

HONG KONG (SE): While migrant workers in the territory are disappointed with the March 28 ruling of the Court of Appeal declaring them to be not ordinarily resident in the territory, and some other groups are delighted, the whole of Hong Kong should be watchful.

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Carrying the cross together

HONG KONG (SE): “Jesus was most intimate with the Father at his point of despair on the cross,” Father Eamon Sheridan told the young people of Life Teen at Rosary parish in Tsimshatsui on March 31, at a celebration of the way of the cross during the run up to Easter.

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The spirit of service celebrated at Easter

HONG KONG (SE): The bishop of Hong Kong described the gathering of priests around the bishop at the Chrism Mass as reminiscent of Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room for the Last Supper at the beginning of the celebration of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral on April 5.

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Search for memorabilia for Tiananmen display

HONG KONG (UCAN): A pro-democracy alliance is appealing for exhibits related to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 1989 to be put on display at a temporary memorial site in Hong Kong from April 29 to June 10.

“If there is a positive response, we will raise funds to turn the museum into a permanent one,” Lee Cheuk-yan, the president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said on March 8.

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Easter pastoral letter from our bishop

 

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, 

The public of Hong Kong, in general, might take the Easter celebrations as just another long weekend, an ideal time for a restful vacation. For us Catholics, this is the most joyful event in the year. 

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A different take on fasting comes out of the Byzantine Church tradition

HONG KONG (SE): An afternoon of instruction on Lent and Easter, or Pasqua, as practiced in the Byzantine rite of the Catholic Church, began and ended with a bit of hands-on prayer, Byzantine style.

Father Richard Soo, a Jesuit priest from the Catholic Byzantine Ukrainian Tradition in Canada, introduced the 30 or so people present at the Diocese Centre in Hong Kong on March 9 to his tradition of prayer.

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