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2012 Lunar New Year message from the Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong

 

Bauhinia blossoms usher in the New Year. The Colloquium of the Leaders of the Six Religions in Hong Kong takes this opportunity to wish prosperity and peace to the country of China, as well as a thriving in business and harmony in society in Hong Kong, together with good health and auspiciousness for the people of Hong Kong.

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Service is the way to Christian unity

 

HONG KONG (SE): “It is a time to reflect more deeply on what it means to win and to lose,” Reverend John Menear said in welcoming the 50 or so people present at St. Andrew’s Church in Tsim Sha Tsui to mark the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on January 18.

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Cardinal Zen celebrates four score of years

The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, right, celebrated his
80th birthday with Bishop John Tong Hon, left, and around 80 priests of the diocese, on January 13, on the 9th floor of the Diocese Centre, Caine Road.  

He extended his congratulations to Bishop Tong on his elevation to cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. He recalled that they were both ordained bishops at the same time—
9 December 1996—and that now, they will both be cardinals.

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Report on the 2011 Lenten Campaign

Hong Kong (SE): In response to the Lenten Campaign of 2011, the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee reported that $6.4 million was raised. Bernard Chan, chairperson of the committee said that the collection represented an encouraging increase of some 15 per cent over the previous year. He expressed his gratitude to all donors and volunteers who contributed their efforts and sacrifices to help the needy in a positive response to the year’s theme: Love. Give them Hope.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Best wishes for a happy and blessed Year of the dragon from the staff of the Sunday Examiner!

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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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