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Musical up in Veritas Cup

MACAU (UCAN): A contest calling for a new innovation in religious hymns and music in Mandarin sponsored by Radio Veritas Asia has once again attracted a wide range of classy entries, with a group from Malaysia taking out the top honours this time around.
 
Singing its own musical creation called God is Love, the group from Malaysia was announced as this year’s winner of the Veritas Cup at a Holy Music Festival held in Macau Diocesan Social Communications Centre from October 27 to 29.
 

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A choppy relationship with nature

Hong Kong and Macau were hit by two typhoons within five days towards the end of August. Mid-week, Typhoon Hato struck during the early hours of the morning of August 23 closing down the two cities for most of the day and leaving a trail of damage as it went.
 
In both places there were injuries, but in Macau 10 people died leaving residents in deep shock and angry at officials for failing to make proper preparations for the storm.
 








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Call for mutual support after typhoon

MACAU (SE): In the aftermath of Typhoon Hato which ravaged Hong Kong on August 23 and inflicted worse damage on neighbouring Macau, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sung has opened the arms of his diocese in the former Portuguese colony to those who are affected and the Church has begun distributing some relief to those in need.
 
Bishop Lee said that as a Hong Kong person he has experienced typhoons before, but the recent one in Macau is by far the worst that he has ever seen.
 

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A vocation camp Salesian style

On August 3, I joined the Salesian vocation director, Father Carlos Cheung Sam-yiu, together with two young Salesians and two other aspirants on the Salesian Hong Kong-Macau Joint Vocation Camp.
 
Organised by the vocation offices of Hong Kong and Macau region, a total of 20 young people attended the summer gathering in Macau, which ran under the theme Love and Service.
 

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China visit by Macau delegation gets minimum mention

HONG KONG (UCAN): Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, the bishop of Macau, led a 12-member delegation on a May 29 to June 2 visit to Beijing. The occasion was largely downplayed by religious officials in the Chinese capital.
 
The delegation from Macau aimed to learn more about the state of seminary formation, pastoral care, parish work and educational activities of the Church on the mainland, and to “promote mutual understanding and exchange.”
 

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The last Portuguese bishop of Macau dies

MACAU (SE): The last Portuguese bishop of Macau, Bishop Arquimínio Rodrigues da Costa, died on September 12 in the Azorean island of Pico, Portugal.

In announcing the death of the 92-year-old bishop, Archbishop João Lavrador, from Azores, called it a “loss for the Church and for society.”

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Sunday consulate in Macau

MACAU (SE): News that the Philippine Consulate General in Macau will open on Sundays from mid-September was described by the chairperson of Migrante-Macau, Emerlina de Lina, on local news programme TDM as a long awaited response to the consistent demands by locals for whom it is their only day off.

The consul general, Lilybeth Deapera, was quoted as saying the request has already been sent to Manila.

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Now is the right time for outreach in China

MACAU (AsiaNews): Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang put a new twist on the annual Day of Prayer for the Church in China in Macau, when he called on the whole of his diocese to come to the cathedral to join in a prayer vigil on May 24.

In previous years, gatherings have been held in individual parish churches, but in his first year as bishop of the diocese, Bishop Lee asked everyone to come together and prayer as one voice.

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Don Bosco relic for Macau

MACAU (UCAN): One of seven containers containing relics of St. John Bosco is to remain in Macau permanently. The relics are part of a six-year world tour that ran from 2009 to 2015, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Salesian founder’s birth.

A casket containing bones from Don Bosco’s right hand was displayed in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in 2011 as part of the tour.

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Ban on students from China leaves Macau bishop perplexed

MACAU (SE): Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang said that he is quite mystified over a refusal by the mainland authorities to allow 60 students to come from China to study at the Catholic university in his diocese of Macau.

The revamped University of Saint Joseph had requested the extra students to boost its enrollment, as it is trying to increase its student body above its current level of 1,300, especially as new facilities are set to open next year in the newly developed Ilha Verde Campus.

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