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All I want for 
Christmas is…

A perennial question for parents at this time of year is what to give their children for Christmas.

Many parents simply ask their children what they want for Christmas, a question that can often lead to interesting discussions.

However, they could possibly be more interesting if the question is changed a little bit and, instead of asking what they want, ask what they need.








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Dignity is not to 
be bartered

 

“Longevity is a blessing from God… Yet often society, dominated by the logic of efficiency and profit, does not welcome it as such, on the contrary, it often rejects it, considering elderly people as unproductive and useless,” Pope Benedict XVI told a group of senior citizens at the Saint Egidio Community Rest Home in Rome on November 12.








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The economy is not 
just about money

For several years workers in Hong Kong have been calling for better regulation of labour, specifically in the areas of a minimum wage and a ceiling on the number of hours an employee can be asked to work.








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A kite flier needs 
a kite runner

 

Did the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, really expect some official response from Beijing to his almost impassioned appeal for a reopening of dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See, or was he just flying a kite? (Sunday Examiner, November 4).








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A year for conversion 
and sanctification

The feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King brings an end to the liturgical year of the Church as we move towards celebrating the birth of God as man on Christmas Day.

In the gospel reading of today’s liturgy, Jesus answers a question raised by Pilate, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.”








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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.