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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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New bishop wants to promote Chinese values

MACAU (SE): Formerly an auxiliary in Hong Kong, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang was installed as the 30th or 31st or 32nd bishop of Macau, depending how you count them, on January 23, at a Mass that had already been arranged to mark the 440th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese.

The outgoing Bishop José Lai Hung-seng, who is stepping down for health reasons, greeted the new bishop at the entrance of the Cathedral of Nativity of the Virgin Mary and welcomed him to the diocese.

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Macau marks 440th anniversary

MACAU (SE): On January 23, Macau, the City of the Holy Name of God, celebrated the 440th anniversary of the edict proclaimed by Pope Gregory XIII declaring the fledgling Portuguese settlement on the southern edge of China a diocese, which was to grow to be one of the most important Catholic influences in Asia.

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New bishop for Macau

HONG KONG (SE): A cryptic communiqué from the Vatican dated January 16 announced that a request for early retirement from Bishop José Lai Hung-seng as the bishop of Macau for health reasons had been accepted by the Holy See and that Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, who was ordained as an auxiliary in Hong Kong in September 2014, would be installed as the new bishop of the diocese on January 23.

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Bishop of Macau on honours list

MACAU (UCAN): Bishop José Lai Hung-seng, from Macau, is to be presented with the Silver Lotus medal, it was announced on November 19.

A total of 63 decorations, medals, certificates or titles are to be bestowed on 48 individuals and 15 public or private entities at a ceremony to be held sometime in December.

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