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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.








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The bible in Chinese is 
more than a book

From its beginning, the Church has had the tradition of proclaiming saints and blesseds. It is a declaration by the Holy See that the person lived a life of noble virtue and can be looked up to as an exemplary model of the Christian life.

Father Gabriele Allegra, a Sicilian Franciscan, became the first person, who lived a significant part of his life in Hong Kong, to be beatified on September 29.








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We all need a Good Shepherd

The Catholic Church in Hong Kong marks the fourth Sunday of September each year as Education Day to reaffirm the importance the Church attaches to education and invite all parents, teachers, lay leaders and members of the laity to be shepherds to young people.








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From national and 
moral education
to Sunday school

Amidst the recent controversies over the introduction of the National and Moral Education Curriculum in local schools, parents and the general public have been clearly expressing their concerns. They want their children to acquire a right and healthy outlook on life. 

Protesters rallying at the government headquarters in Tamar have a just cause, demonstrating that they are constructing a civil society. 








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Voting helps society to be healthy

This Sunday is polling day for the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo). Historically, Hong Kong has made a contribution to democracy in China. However, it still does not elect its own chief executive or all the members of the LegCo.

Nevertheless, Christians do have a responsibility to make their contribution towards the governance of society and the welfare of coming generations by voting.








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Catholic education upholding core values

The beginning of September heralds a new academic year and the end of summer vacation, which this year saw intense public discussion on the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, Liberal Studies and National and Moral Education.








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Family life and the common good

Traditionally, the family has always been regarded as the nucleus of society. This is demonstrated in the reflections of philosophers and religious people over past millennia and in modern times in the documents of national constitutions, the United Nations, Churches and a plethora of community and religious organisations.








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A new nuclear and wisdom

Over the decades since World War II, the Church has developed an increasing clarity in its teaching on the use of nuclear weapons in the hostility and anger of war.








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Human rights need religious freedom

The United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration on Human Rights of 1948 and the subsequent attention paid to it has without doubt improved the lot of ordinary citizens in a wide variety of ways.

The Catholic Church was able to easily subscribe to this declaration as it fitted in well with its natural law tradition, which tries to contain the explosive nature of rights as an instrument for promoting the growth of state control over the individual destinies of citizens.