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World meeting of families and two papal documents

The 500,000 tickets for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families 2018 on Sunday, August 26, in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, in Ireland, were been sold out within hours of their being made available.  
 








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Welcoming Taizé in Hong Kong

Taizé is a small village in the southern part of France. In August 1940, when the Second World War just broke out, 25-year-old Brother Roger Schütz arrived hoping to set up a community to promote communion among people and to push for reconciliation within the human family. Today, the Taizé Community is composed of about 100 brothers from nearly 30 countries. Among them, there are Protestants and Catholics.
 








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A pilgrimage of trust and reconciliation

AT THIS TIME in its history, Hong Kong couldn’t have asked for anything better! The Catholic Diocese, the Anglican Church and the Hong Kong Christian Council are jointly welcoming the Pilgrimage of Trust organised by the Taizé community, paving a way for building bridges between countries, traditions and cultures. The international meeting of young adults is scheduled to take place in Hong Kong from August 8 to 12.
 








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Celebrate the Youth Festival as a team

The Diocese of Hong Kong organised a Youth Festival in the second week of July as part of the major activities for the Year of Youth. In support of the youth activities and related endeavours, a second collection is to be taken up at all public Masses on the July 15 (Sunday).
 
The Youth Festival will coincide with the FIFA World Cup. The quadrennial international football tournament has garnered the interest of many people and some parishes have made use of this opportunity to invite the faithful to watch the games together.








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Celebrating your hero!

Maybe you never knew it, but he was so worried about you, and he was always caring. In life, before you started making your own decisions, he made decisions you never knew about that made your life better. He shielded you from all that could in any way harm you, from the evils of the world as long as he could. He did everything to make your childhood so magical! And you got a day to celebrate him: Father's Day! 
 








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Irish referendum and the Church basics

Catholic Ireland is shaking up the Church again! It did so in 2015 when it became the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote. It has done it again with another referendum, this time on abortion on 25 May. The issue at hand was the repealing of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which protects the unborn with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother. 
 








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Pray with young people in China

IN MAY EACH year, Catholics in China traditionally visit Marian shrines to pray. May 24 is the feast day of Our Lady, Help of Christians and in 2007, was also declared the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in his letter to the Catholics in China (papal letter) in 2007 and is an occasion for the universal Church to be “united in prayer with the Church which is in China” (papal letter, 19).
 








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Let us communicate the truth

In the days before the Internet exploded in popularity, when we talked about fake news, the focus was always on ethical journalism. During that era, news and information came mainly from specialised agencies. Whether they were newspapers or the news divisions of radio and television stations, they all had the responsibility to ensure that their news reporting was accurate.
 








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Young people, family and vocation

Following the two Synods of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis announced that the next synodal assembly, to be held this coming October, would focus on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. It is not difficult to see that the pope’s line of thinking linking mercy to the family and young people.
 
What is the faith situation of young people today? What challenges are they encountering?