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Dilemmas in examination 
criteria on sensitive moral issues

Results of the first Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education will be announced on July 20. Although results do not tell the whole story about the new senior secondary system and curriculum, they do influence students’ future opportunities, especially in the four core subjects of Chinese, English, mathematics and Liberal Studies.








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Special place of 
married deacons

Hong Kong set up a Commission for the Permanent Diaconate in 1996 and in the following year two men were ordained as permanent deacons.

This year marks 15 years of ministry by permanent deacons in the diocese and to date a total of 15 have been ordained, with all but one being married men.








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Core values of Hong Kong

Since the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty 15 years ago, the economic and political situations have undergone tremendous change.

Nevertheless, people have continued to upholding such core values as freedom of speech, human rights, rule of law, democracy, equality, peace, charity, integrity, transparency and professionalism.








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Freedom to choose life

“I see abortion as murder… I am asking you, what’s the difference between killing a baby inside a mother’s womb and killing a baby after birth,” an announcement made in Ankara by the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on May 28, says.








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Children and faithful citizenship

With a good foundation in the social teaching of the Church, people stand a better chance of evaluating policies and actions of government and political parties, and consequently play a more responsible role as citizens of the state, the bishops of the United States of America (US) say in a paper entitled, Faithful Citizenship.








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Good formation of the laity essential to a mature faith life

Each Pentecost, the bishop of Hong Kong celebrates a Mass for the newly-baptised at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, marking the end of the Period of Mystagogy and the completion of the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Since last year, the number of new Catholics has grown to the point that the Mass has to be celebrated twice. This should be greeted with joy and reflects the fruit of evangelisation efforts through which many have heard God’s call and joined the Church. 
 








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The silent word of the media

In the context of advanced digital age information technology, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen silence as the theme of his message for the 46th World Communications Day.

The pope says in Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation, that he believes that human relationships can be deepened through silence, making human and media communication more meaningful and valuable, with a more profound human dimension.








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Motherhood is a vocation

One of the offshoots of the one-child policy implemented in mainland China has been forced abortions, which have left many mothers in deep anguish and despair. While Hong Kong leaves people free to make their own decisions about the size of families, many women choose to remain childless, which has resulted in its low birth rate over the past 20 years.








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Appreciating the work of human hands

 

After a more than one-month long campaign marred by scandals and smear tactics, Leung Chun-ying was finally chosen in a small-circle election as the fourth chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Although the Election Committee has a mere 1,200 members, the people of Hong Kong have no choice but to accept the outcome and hope that he will not side with business conglomerates at the expense of the well-being of the city’s seven million people.








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Vocation Sunday in a time of transition

Today is celebrated as Vocation Sunday in the worldwide Church.

Speaking at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, the day that the diocese celebrates the collegiality of its priests with the bishop, as well as Christ’s gift of the Eucharist to the Church, the bishop of Hong Kong dwelt on the urgent need for more people to put their names down to provide this vital service for the community.