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Charity in action

 

This Sunday will see the final round of Caritas fund-raising bazaars in Shatin, Tuen Mun and Cheung Chau. The bazaars, held in another three districts over the past two Sundays, gathered thousands of people together on organising committees, as well as voluntary workers from various parishes and Church-run schools, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.








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Health care and family trust

 

Widespread discussions on whether children should be vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, have drawn some attention in Hong Kong.

As HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer, which is one of the most common forms of the disease and has a high fatality rate among women in Hong Kong, so it is not surprising that the process of HPV vaccination has come to the fore in public health discussions.








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The language of new evangelisation

 

The Synod of Bishops says in its final statement that new evangelisation is a process to be described not an entity to be defined, but strongly states that it is the duty of every Christian to be part of the process.

The final statement was passed by the 262 bishops present and goes into the hows, whys, whos and wherefores of the process.








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Hong Kong moves to 
promote lay ministry

 

A Conference on Sharing the Experience of Lay Ministry among Chinese Catholic communities from around the world is scheduled in Cheung Chau in early November to mark the end of the Year of the Laity.

It comes as the Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and 20 years after the Catechism of the Catholic Church was published, both of which events pushed the importance of the role of lay people in all facets of the mission and ministry of the Church.








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Residual dilemma of national education

The controversy over Moral and National Education still haunts dark corners, despite an announcement on September 8 by the chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, that the startup deadline of 2015 is scrapped.

Leung said that it would be left up to schools to decide whether to include the course in their curriculum or not, as well choose their own resource materials and course outline.








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The bible in Chinese is 
more than a book

From its beginning, the Church has had the tradition of proclaiming saints and blesseds. It is a declaration by the Holy See that the person lived a life of noble virtue and can be looked up to as an exemplary model of the Christian life.

Father Gabriele Allegra, a Sicilian Franciscan, became the first person, who lived a significant part of his life in Hong Kong, to be beatified on September 29.








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We all need a Good Shepherd

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong marks the fourth Sunday of September each year as Education Day to reaffirm the importance the Church attaches to education and invite all parents, teachers, lay leaders and members of the laity to be shepherds to young people.








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From national and 
moral education
to Sunday school

Amidst the recent controversies over the introduction of the National and Moral Education Curriculum in local schools, parents and the general public have been clearly expressing their concerns. They want their children to acquire a right and healthy outlook on life. 

Protesters rallying at the government headquarters in Tamar have a just cause, demonstrating that they are constructing a civil society. 








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Voting helps society to be healthy

This Sunday is polling day for the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo). Historically, Hong Kong has made a contribution to democracy in China. However, it still does not elect its own chief executive or all the members of the LegCo.

Nevertheless, Christians do have a responsibility to make their contribution towards the governance of society and the welfare of coming generations by voting.








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Catholic education upholding core values

The beginning of September heralds a new academic year and the end of summer vacation, which this year saw intense public discussion on the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, Liberal Studies and National and Moral Education.