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Protecting human life

THE FEAST OF the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 31 is also marks the third year the Pro-Life Day will celebrated in the Diocese of Hong Kong.
 
Many places overseas organise pro-life processions to show their concern for the unborn, whose lives are especially fragile. These silent ones are the least able to defend their own lives.
 








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Do you object to God’s mercy?

Divine Mercy Sunday is the Church’s assertion of God’s boundless mercy and healing for broken humanity. Everyone is in need of some sort of healing—physical, emotional, or spiritual—simply because we mortals are broken!  
 








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Christ is Alive, Alleluia!!

Holy Week and Easter are the heart of the liturgical year. The progression from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the Last Supper, where he washes the feet of his disciples, institutes the Eucharist and gives his disciples the bidding commandment of love, his anguished prayer in Gethsemane, the shocking events of his betrayal, trial and execution, the desolation of his death and, finally, to the dawn of a new world on Easter Sunday.








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To Christ through Mary

Why did the Holy Father travel to the Holy House in Loreto to sign the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit? My colleague posed this query on March 25, the day when the pope signed Christ Lives his latest apostolic exhortation, in the House of Mary in Loreto, a small town in Italy. The document focuses on young people and was published on April 2, the death anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II. 
 








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Performing works of mercy

As Christians, we have experienced the Lord’s conversion power and the Passover joy brought by him. From this, we are able to return love with love and serve and devote ourselves to the Church and society.
 
On Ash Wednesday the mark of the cross of ashes on our foreheads reminds us that we will return to dust one day and that this world is not our ultimate destination. In this earthly journey, what we focus on is how much we have loved and whether we see the Jesus in the weakest. 
 








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Cardinal Filoni visits Hong Kong

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, visited Taiwan in March and, as the pope’s special envoy, celebrated the closing Mass of the Eucharistic Congress there. He then visited Macau and Hong Kong from March 4 to 6, meeting with local clergy, and visiting seminaries and post-secondary colleges. 
 








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Beware of spirals of hatred on social media

It has always been talked about and now it is becoming a reality. Social media has turned into the big stage for the targeting and cyber bullying of opponents. The immature and ferocious judgment of the online community effectively threatens and even destroys the lives of the targeted. 
 








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The light of peace at Epiphany

This Sunday is the Feast of Epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God and Saviour of the World. This true light saves humankind, drives out darkness and becomes the light of all peoples.
 








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Happy Birthday to a pope of compassion

Pope Francis turns 82 on December 17 and is just three months shy of completing the sixth year of his pontificate. He has strenuously advocated the virtues of mercy and compassion—in fact it has become the slogan of his papacy. His apostolic visit to the Philippines in 2015 was on the theme: Mercy and Compassion. 
 








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God’s ways are not our ways

Advent takes us into the season of expectant waiting. You can expect a friend’s visit but not be able to meet him. This happens when you are in the wrong place or time for the appointment. It could be our case with God. He has already come many times in human history. He showed the place where he can be met, but perhaps we have not understood well because we end up waiting for him where he does not come.