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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?
 








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Simony is a sin

In 2014 Pope Francis condemned priests and lay people who turned their parishes into businesses by charging for such things as baptisms, blessings, and Mass intentions, calling it a scandal that is hard to forgive. “There are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people,” he said in the homily.
 








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Give to the poor

A couple of months ago, an immigrant family, including a year old girl, approached a shelter home in Hong Kong. They had lost their travel documents and had served jail terms for couple of weeks and were helpless in the city. A priest offered them shelter, but not long after they decided to leave because they couldn’t abide by the regulations at the shelter home and were back on the streets with their kid. 
 








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I believe in the Resurrection

Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! Easter proclamation at the climax of the Service of Light during the vigil is perhaps the strangest and most radical message ever given, reminding the faithful of the victory of Christ over the powers of darkness and death: “Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.” We repeat the words too often that we’ve perhaps forgotten how weird and how wonderful they truly are.
 








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Holy Week – an invitation to be prophets

Holy Week invites Christians to reflect on the Passion of Jesus Christ and relive the mystery of faith, suffering and resurrection, and examine their own conversion.
Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday, which takes its first reading from the Book of Isaiah. It narrates the Song of the Suffering Servant: “And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced...” (Isaiah 50:5-8).








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Public healthcare stands wanting 15 years after SARS

Fifteen years ago, in March 2003, the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a serious form of pneumonia, claimed nearly 300 lives in the Hong Kong. With a concerted effort by medical staff and citizens, the deadly epidemic was brought under control. Many in Hong Kong still cherish the memories of sacrifices of medical staff who died on duty and the cleaning workers who performed their duties faithfully. 
 








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Mercy at the centre of five years of papacy

The 13th of March will mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Over the past five years, he has brought the Catholic Church new life. In particular, his concern for the poor and the disadvantaged in words and deeds, and his commitment to the promotion of peace have greatly impressed people within and outside the Church.
 
What is most impressive is that he stresses on the Church to “go out” to care for the poor and to practise social teaching.