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Do not close doors on migrants and refugees

HONG KONG (SE): Marking the World Day of Peace on January 1, on the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, urged people not to be self-centered and not to close the doors on migrants and refugees. 
 
He appealed to the Catholic community to accept and care for refugees and migrants and promote harmony, as harmony is an important element in the growth of society.
 

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We belong to one family

The opening of the prayer which Jesus himself taught the disciples is: “Our Father.” It always reminds us that everyone belongs to one family. Differences in race, religion, economy, politics and culture must not cause hatred, hostility or conflict. Instead, these differences are opportunities for loving one another. This love calls us to make sacrifices and turn away from the greed for pleasures and selfishness, and to enter into the lives of migrants and refugees to get to know them, accept them and walk with them.
 

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We are the answers to prayers for peace

When Time magazine chose Albert Einstein as its Person of the Century at the start of the new millennium, I thought, and still think, they made a mistake.
 
The Person of the 20th Century was actually Gavrilo Princip, the 19-year-old Bosnian Serb nationalist whose assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, on 28 June 1914, was the spark that set off the cataclysm we call World War One.
 








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Fruit of war pope’s message for World Day of Peace

VATICAN (CNS): As 2017 receded and drew to a close, the horrors of war and people’s yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis’ mind and in his prayers.
 
In an unusual move, late on December 30 the pope requested that the Vatican Press Office and Vatican media distribute a copy of a famous photograph from the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
 
The photo depicts a young boy, about 10-years-old, carrying his dead little brother on his back. 
 

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Taiwan president makes pledge to the pope

TAIPEI (SE): “As Your Holiness states in the Message for World Day of Peace, women are often leaders in nonviolent action,” the first female head of state in the ethnic Chinese world, Tsai Ing-wen, from Taiwan, says in a letter to Pope Francis dated January 5.

Tsai tells the pope that she is devoted to enhancing the wellbeing of the people of her domain and, significantly, creating a new era for cross-strait peace between Taiwan and mainland China.

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Politics for peace is a way of being

VATICAN (SE): “For Christians, nonviolence is not merely tactical behaviour, but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle the evil one with the weapons of love and truth alone,” Pope Francis says in his Message for World Day of Peace, under the theme, Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace.

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Cooperate with God and break the wall of indifference cardinal urges

HONG KONG (SE): On January 1, the World Day of Peace, John Cardinal Tong Hon urged people to be concerned with the various issues affecting the world and break the wall of indifference.

The bishop of Hong Kong concelebrated the Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing and other priests of the diocese, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road. 

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