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A jubilee for catechists

The celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy draws to a close in two months’ time. However, the celebratory spirit of the universal Church is not winding down. This Sunday has been designated as the Year of Mercy Jubilee for Catechists. The Diocesan Ad Hoc Committee for the Jubilee of Mercy has invited catechists to celebrate together and reflect on this special day for which we all have much to be thankful.








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I thirst

Mother Teresa of Kolkata is scheduled to be canonised in Rome on September 4, which will give the liturgical calendar three saints with similar names, the others being two Carmelites, St. Teresa of Ávila, later declared a doctor of the Church, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.








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Death without justice

Those who died in recent terrorist attacks in France have been mourned the world over and the execution of a French priest while celebrating Mass has brought widespread questioning and wonder from many quarters.








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The pope’s paradigm

Two issues that Pope Francis has prioritised in his papacy are climate change and the sustainability of the global economy. In fact, he sees the two as being so intricately linked as to be inseparable. This is illustrated in his encyclical, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’).








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A Church to inspire public life

In a message to the diocese published on July 31, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, said that the social teaching of the Church in recent years has given much importance to the active participation of the laity in public life.








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Bringing World Youth Day home

The 31st World Youth Day is being held during the Jubilee of Mercy. It is taking place in Poland, the home of Pope John Paul II, the founder of the international Catholic festival.

This Sunday the closing Mass of the international Catholic gathering is being celebrated by Pope Francis, who is inviting people to renew the promises of their baptism and don a white robe on which is written the date of their baptism.








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Sharing faith, culture and history

During this year’s Book Fair, the local diocese will host a display zone under the theme The 175th Anniversary of the Evangelisation of Hong Kong—170th Anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.








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The power of mercy

No one would disagree that moral issues have become a great tension between the Church and the secular world. Controversial issues ranging from divorce to abortion, from anti-discrimination laws to same-sex marriage have left many Catholics perplexed and those who uphold the Church teaching wearied.








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One country two systems fades into the distance

Nineteen years have slipped by since the handover of Hong Kong to China, but the city today is a vastly different place from what it was in 1997.

Complex social issues have left people with mixed feelings towards the handover, even though they do identify themselves as Hong Kong-Chinese, which is a unique cultural identity.








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To work or not to work… a now question

Although not the first to moot the idea, on June 5 Switzerland became the first country in the world to hold a national referendum on the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income. It would ensure every citizen, simply because they exist, a substantial, life-time income, sufficient to ensure that they could live a decent life.