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The lay mission 

The Hong Kong Catholic Lay Missionary Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary and commissioned a lay missionary to go to Cambodia last Sunday. Over the past 25 years, the association has sent 12 people to engage in mission in African and Asian countries like Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Kenya, Cambodia, Thailand and India.

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The month of 
Holy Souls

The Chinese hold a deep reverence for their ancestors. This is evident in the visiting of the tombs of their ancestors to pay respect to them at the Ching Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) during spring and the Chung Yeung Festival (Double Ninth Festival) during autumn.

This has been a cherished practice over the past 2,000 years or more. But what are the implications of such great attention being paid to these two festivals that reverence ancestors?

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A Church in 
the world

On the surface, there may be few surprises in the 270-word message Pope Francis broadcast to the 6,000 delegates from across Asia on October 18, the closing day of a new evangelisation conference in Manila, The Philippines—other than that he spoke publicly in English and of Asia for the first time in his pontificate.

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Mission Sunday

In his exhaustive interview with the editor of La Civittá Cattolica, Pope Francis speaks of the fragrance of the good news of Jesus Christ, appealing to the sense of smell to warn that a Church that gets too tied up in its own issues and forgets those of its people can really be on the nose.

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The price of social exclusion

 In the past two weeks the world has witnessed three major explosions of violence. In Pakistan, bombs went off inside the Church of All Saints in Peshawar, leaving over 80 people dead and more injured—some critically.

In Kenya, armed men ran riot in the plush Westfield Shopping Mall in Nairobi, leaving a still unknown number dead, with the list of injured not yet complete.

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Sesquicentennial of Society of 
St. Vincent de Paul

 The Society of St Vincent de Paul celebrated the sesquicentennial of its foundation in Hong Kong at its annual meeting and Mass on September 17.

In 1863, when the society launched its service, it was strongly supported by the missionary priests and sisters in the colony.

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Schools to follow 
Jesus the Way

In the pastoral outreach of the Church, schools have always played an important role. Since Vatican II closed its doors nearly half a century ago, the Vatican has reaffirmed at least once in each decade the essence and direction of Catholic education.

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A spirituality of the cross

The 14th of September is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. According to legend, after he was crucified, Jesus’ cross and those of the two thieves who were crucified next to him were thrown into a dry well.

The three crosses were re-discovered by St. Helena, the mother of the Roman emperor, Constantine the Great, on 14 September 320AD. Miracles, which cured the sick and resurrected the dead are said to confirm that one of them was the cross of Jesus.

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After Vatican II ended, a group of Catholic and Protestant theologians from West Germany, France and Switzerland, came together to write The Common Catechism: A Christian Book of Faith in 1969.

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Core values of Catholic schools

Over the past academic year, the education sector in Hong Kong has handled many thorny issues, including class size reduction and school closures, stress on teachers, the impact of the direct-subsidy-scheme, the introduction of national education and the schooling of Shenzhen-Hong Kong cross-border students.

What is worrying on the education scene is that campuses have recently been impacted upon by politicised events in Hong Kong society.