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What the silent majority thinks may not be as clear as some presume

HONG KONG (SE): Civil society in Hong Kong continues its staunch opposition to the introduction of National and Moral Education, scheduled to begin in some schools at the beginning of the school year on September 3.

What began as a disagreement on an education curriculum came to a full blown political head during the afternoon of September 1, as tens of thousands of people began to gather outside the government offices in Tamar.

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Labour Commission calls for set work week and time-and-a-half for overtime

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Commission of Labour Affairs is calling for a 44-hour work week with all overtime put in by employees to be paid at time-and-a-half, as is the custom in many western countries.

As the result of a survey on the retail sector conducted by the commission among 208 employees in shopping malls around the city in June and July, it is suggesting that the standard should be a 44-hour week with an outside cap of 54 hours including overtime.

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Making love of country difficult to distinguish from adulation of rulers

 

HONG KONG (SE): The Education Bureau of Hong Kong is pushing the introduction of the controversial National and Moral Education hard, even in the face of considerable public opposition and opposition from school teachers.

As the largest school-sponsoring body in Hong Kong, the local diocese has inevitably become embroiled in the debate.

The introduction of the new subject, which will eventually become compulsory, was announced last year.

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Russian Orthodox and Polish Catholic leaders sign appeal for reconciliation

WARSAW (CNS): “We enter a path of honest dialogue in the hope that it will heal the wounds of the past, facilitate our overcoming mutual prejudice and misunderstanding and strengthen us in our pursuit of reconciliation,” says a reconciliation message, signed by Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow, and Archbishop Jozef Michalik, of Przemysl, president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. 

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A star not only of the screen but also in many 
a heart in Hong Kong

A familiar face at anything to do with faith and human development in Hong Kong, and doyen of the Catholic Women’s League for decades, Pacita Francisco Roads breathed her last on August 4, after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) at the San Ramon Regional Medical Centre, California, the United States of America (US).

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Three professions for Franciscan Missionary Sisters

Hong Kong (SE): On August 11, the feast of St. Clare of Assisi, the rite of Profession in Consecrated Life was celebrated for three members of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows. Sister Maria Martha Santos made her final profession, while two novices, Sister Maria Corazon Liwanag and Sister Maria Francis Lee, made their first profession.

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Hong Kong throws weight behind permanent diaconate in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Agencies): The bishops of Taiwan invited Father Dominic Chan Chi-mingand two permanent deacons from Hong Kong, Reverend Paul Yeow Yau-hung and Reverend Joseph Sung Wan-lung, to take part in a pilot training programme on the permanent diaconate in Taipei on July 28 and 29.

They were invited to share the experience of the diaconate in the diocese over the past 20 years.

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Choosing who to vote for in the coming legislative election

HONG KONG (SE): The fifth Legislative Council (LegCo) election is just around the corner. On September 9, three million people will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their preferred candidate.

But will the one they choose support people’s rights and will they give a voice to the working class of Hong Kong?

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Farewell to longtime missionary to Hong Kong Church

Hong Kong (SE): On the afternoon of August 8, Father Antonio Garaventa returned to our heavenly Father to receive his eternal reward.

The Italian priest from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) was 84 years old.

On May 15, after 58 years working for the Church in Hong Kong, ill health forced him to return to Italy when he took a turn for the worse after an operation at St. Teresa’s Hospital.

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Stay and pray an hour in solidarity with the people of Myanmar

HONG KONG (SE): “We are here to do what is possible in support of real peace,” Father Franco Mella told a group of around 40 people who gathered at the Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui to stay and watch for one hour with the people of the Union of Myanmar on the 23rd anniversary of what the world knows today as the 8888 (8 August ’88) Uprising.

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