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Praying for China

The date, May 24, was especially suggested in a letter penned by Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic people of China in 2007. He set it aside as worldwide day of prayer for China.

Then, at the end of April this year, we learned that Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian had passed away in Shanghai.

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Labour rights should be recognised

In 1886, workers in the United States of America staged a nationwide strike to demand the adoption of an eight-hour workday. Although the strike failed to achieve an immediate outcome, it did arouse awareness the world over on labour rights.

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Who can occupy Central?

Comments coming out of the China Liaison Office naming love of Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China as not-negotiable assets for passing muster as a candidate for chief executive may seem harmless on the surface, but the makeup of the judging panel could provide the menace.

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Labouring under illusions

In the business world, companies sell their products or services for as much as they think people will pay. This is a fundamental principle of a market economy and is regarded as a right.

However, they are not the only ones who sell their wares. Workers sell their labour and expertise and, in the same way as any commercial enterprise, are entitled to go for the highest price they think they can get.

However, that is about where the likeness ends.

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An evangelisation of listening

From its very beginnings people have tried to kill off the Church and extinguish the flicker of faith in the hearts of the people. The Romans tried persecution, but failed. It ended with the Edict of Milan signed in 313AD, which sealed a long lasting relationship between Church and state.

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A mission of love

At the Easter Vigil celebrations in Hong Kong this year around 3,560 adults were scheduled to receive the sacraments of initiation, baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist.

While the number of baptisms in recent years has indeed brought us joy, the challenge of spreading the faith must take on a broader and deeper approach to enable more people to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and allow our own faith to influence other lives, in order to build a society of charity and justice.

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Francis the pope

 The founder of the Franciscans, St. Francis of Assisi, came into this world in 1189. St. Francis Xavier, from the Society of Jesus and patron of Catholic Mission, was born in Spain in 1506.

Our new pope—Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina—chose the name Francis after being elected as the 265th successor to St. Peter.

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A new pope in 
the Year of Faith

Since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, the children of God have been preparing to welcome a new pope. What light does this historic moment in the life of the Church shed for us?

The College of Cardinals met in the general congregations from March 4 up to the setting of March 12 as the date for the convening of the conclave to elect a new pope.

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I will not renounce the cross

POPE BENEDICT XVI held his final general audience in St Peter’s Square a day before his resignation took effect on February 28. In front of about 200,000 people, including some Chinese, he recalled that the acceptance of God’s call to serve as the successor of St. Peter had taught him not to renounce the cross.

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Living with faith

The Rite of the First Scrutiny for those receiving the sacraments of initiation at Easter is held on this, the third Sunday of Lent. Godparents are also asked to be present at this rite as people prepare to enter new life in God.