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Local iconographer says beauty can save the world

HONG KONG (SE): “An icon is always a copy,” Hong Kong-born artist, Lino Wang Wing-kuen, told the Sunday Examiner. “But the copy must be creative, as every icon has a meaning. But I always try to add some artistic touch of my own to what I do.”

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Diocese bitterly disappointed with court decision on the running of schools

 

HONG KONG (SE): The diocese of Hong Kong expressed its disappointment at a ruling made in the Court of Final Appeal on October 13, which upheld the position of the government on the constitutionality of the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004, which the diocese sought to get overturned.

However, the diocese will obey the law and the statement adds, “… continue to abide by her commitment to serve the students with love and in accordance with Catholic beliefs and principles.”

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Cardinal speaks on experience in China of the gift of and need for Divine Mercy

Give praise to the Lord for
He is good, His mercy is forever.
O Lord, Our God

How great is your name in all the earth. Your magnificence rises above the heavens. What is man that you take care of him? You have crowned him with glory and honour.

In this valley of tears we are all exiles, children of Eve; but some people, some nations, seem to have a bigger portion of suffering and tribulation than others.

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Hong Kong to implement new English translation of Missal next year

 

Kong Kong (UCAN): The Hong Kong diocese decided to put off the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal for a year (Sunday Examiner, Chancery Notice, October 2). It will come into effect in most English-speaking areas on November 27, the first Sunday of Advent.

Diocesan chancellor, Father Lawrence Lee Len, said that the diocese wants to make sufficient time for a more thorough catechesis before formally introducing it on the same day next year.

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Plans for Jesuit university face some challenges

Hong Kong (UCAN): Plans by the Society of Jesus to open a liberal arts university in Hong Kong have come up against challenges recently. 

The university has been slated to open in 2014, but seven other institutions have tendered for the proposed campus site. In addition, the original plan called for places for 3,000 students, but the government requirement is for 8,000.

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Who are the scribes and Pharisees in the right of abode debate?

 

The recent judicial review for foreign domestic workers on their right of abode seems to have torn Hong Kong apart.

Newspaper columns make remarks, legislators express their views and groups rally, but the bulk of mainstream opinion has been against foreign domestic workers having the right to apply for abode.

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What’s national may not 
necessarily be moral

 

As the government of Hong Kong retires to consider its verdict on the Moral and National Education Consultation Paper, educationalists ponder the possible outcomes of such a course being introduced.

The lumping of the two words moral and national together is one concern, as the very title suggests that there is something moral about national pride or patriotism, whereas in reality, this is a long bow to draw.








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Cardinal Zen questions unconditional commitment to government

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Education is a process in which students seek the truth and, in the process, develop their potential,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, told around 300 people at a forum organised by the Catholic Education Office at Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School on September 25 to discuss the proposed Moral and National Education Consultation Paper.

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A rare peep into Eastern Catholic spirituality

HONG KONG (SE): A rare peep into the spirituality of Eastern Catholic Churches will be presented by Australian-born Father Olexander Kenez, currently working through the Eparchy of Ss. Peter and Paul, in Melbourne.

Father Kenez is in Hong Kong and is presenting a series lectures, liturgies and prayer sessions designed to give a deeper insight into the path to holiness developed in the rich traditions of Eastern Catholicism.

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Maryknoll centenarian goes to eternal rest

Hong Kong  (SE): Sister Agnes McKeirnan (Rose Eileen) died peacefully at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in New York on September 5. She was just 25 days short of her 101st birthday. 

Born on 11 October 1910 to Rose and Joseph McKeirnan in Pomeroy, Washington, the United States of America (US), Sister McKeirnan had five brothers and three sisters. One brother, Father Michael McKeirnan, was a Maryknoll priest, who also worked in Hong Kong during his life time.

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