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Make wise use of the Year of Youth

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong launched the Year of Youth during Advent in early December last year. After almost two months, the initiative has yet to bring about much change within the Church. However, it is still in its early stages. 
 
Meanwhile, the atmosphere of Hong Kong society is already hard to bear.
 








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Longing for Christian unity

he Universal Church observes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18 to 25 each year. Over the 2,000 years of Church history, it has experienced the Great Schism of the 11th century and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Christianity has taken shape in three strands: Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Protestantism.
 








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We belong to one family

The opening of the prayer which Jesus himself taught the disciples is: “Our Father.” It always reminds us that everyone belongs to one family. Differences in race, religion, economy, politics and culture must not cause hatred, hostility or conflict. Instead, these differences are opportunities for loving one another. This love calls us to make sacrifices and turn away from the greed for pleasures and selfishness, and to enter into the lives of migrants and refugees to get to know them, accept them and walk with them.
 

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The Epiphany in troubled times

“Where is the newborn king?” If someone asked you this question today, what would you feel and what would your reply be? Excited, overwhelmed, or something else? Would you tap out a message on your smartphone and share this message immediately over social media to gauge the reaction of your friends?
 








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A New Year a new leaf?

As one year dissolves into another the pessimist bemoans that the world is in worse shape than it was 12 months ago and, despite the good intentions of New Year resolutions, the upcoming months look grim.
 
However, the optimist may look back and see that amidst the grim realities of the previous year there were some bright spots and while not placing great faith in the New Year resolutions either, see some hope for the future.
 








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Facing death and respecting life

October is the Month of Mission in the worldwide Church, but November turns our attention from this life to the next and is dedicated to the faithful departed. It is a month when people are encouraged to remember their deceased loved ones in their prayer and to also pray with the whole communion of saints.
 








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An undiplomatic diplomat

In what can only be described as blunt diplomatic language, Australia’s top ranking diplomat, the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, warned students at the Confucius Institute in Adelaide against what she termed the untoward influence that China wields in the county’s education circles and encouraged respectful engagement without blind condemnation or, most especially, silent withdrawal.
 








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Education is more than just lessons

The fourth Sunday of September each year is designated Education Day by the diocese of Hong Kong. It is the beginning of a new school year and a time when we are reminded to pray for our students, educational work and policies, and to pay more attention to education issues.
 








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A good time for parents to learn a bit

The return from summer vacation to school for the beginning of a new academic year can be tough for students and the excitement of the beginning of autumn, which symbolises new life, can take a while to grab them.
 
But students are coming back to an education system that has had a tough year, as since this time one year ago, around 60 students in Hong Kong schools have committed suicide.
 








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A choppy relationship with nature

Hong Kong and Macau were hit by two typhoons within five days towards the end of August. Mid-week, Typhoon Hato struck during the early hours of the morning of August 23 closing down the two cities for most of the day and leaving a trail of damage as it went.
 
In both places there were injuries, but in Macau 10 people died leaving residents in deep shock and angry at officials for failing to make proper preparations for the storm.