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Of poverty, chastity 
and obedience

The diocese celebrated the long life in religion of 42 sisters, brothers and priests marking their 25th, 50th, 60th, 75th and even 80th anniversaries in religious life on December 8.

What is an annual event is celebrated as an expression of gratitude to those who have borne the heat of the day and also a reminder of the unique role that people in religious life play in the life of our faith communities and wider society.








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Where words and actions 
do not meet

A bishop ordained with the permission of the pope and the approval of the government in Beijing should have been a day of rejoicing for the Catholic people of China. However, in the wash up, it turned out to be one more painful lesson in the determination of government officials not to allow the Church any freedom in conducting its own affairs.








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Is the ripple effect really a tsunami?

 

Hong Kong has seen a year of fear campaigns. There was the predicted migrant invasion and prophesied employment crisis resulting from a minimum wage, both, as it came out in the wash, based on unfounded information.








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Advent: awakening our hope

On October 31, when a United Nations report estimated that the world’s population had reached seven billion, local media were peppered with phrases like “a population crisis”, “food and housing problems “ and “overcrowding fears.” 








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Violence against women 
and family values

In response to violence against women, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1999.

One out of three women have been subjected to beating, sexual abuse or other forms of abuse. In most cases, abusers are familiar with their victims. Therefore, this day is also marked as International Day against Domestic Violence, reminding all countries of their responsibility in eliminating these tragic acts.








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Embracing the whole of the communion of saints

Normally, when our relatives and friends pass away, we pray for them. However, as time passes we tend to forget, or at least remember less frequently. The month of November is dedicated in the Church calendar to the holy souls as a reminder not to forget them.








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Democracy is more than a set of rules

“Authentic democracy is not merely the result of a formal observation of a set of rules, but is the fruit of a convinced acceptance of the values that inspire democratic procedures: the dignity of every human person, the respect of human rights, commitment to the common good as the purpose and guiding criterion for political life” (407, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church).
As Hong Kong goes to the polls in a District Council election on November 6, people will face a more complex procedure than in previous years, as a result of the constitutional reform package whic








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People stand for people 
at the bazaar

Think November, think Caritas. Think Caritas, think bazaars. This is the message from the Catholic aid agency for the coming month.

Over the coming three Sundays, public venues in various parts of the city will play host to one of the city’s largest charity events. It may not be the biggest money-spinner, but in terms of the number of people who give time, energy, talent and service, it rates high.








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A divided city cannot stand

The saga over the judicial review which ruled in favour of migrant workers being considered to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong, shows how the much touted values of social harmony and tolerance in our society can be little more than skin deep.

A city that prides itself on the rule of law has suddenly discovered that a significant number of its citizens have little respect for the law, except when it suits them.








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Richness of history can give courage

Hong Kong has reached an era when many well-established religious organisations are reaching significant milestones of commitment to the people of the territory.

This year, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers marked their centennial of foundation, with a presence in Hong Kong for nearly all of that time, the Dominicans look back on 150 years, the Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital chalks up 50 years and La Salle College in Kowloon turned 80.