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Visions for the Year of the Dragon


The Year of the Dragon arrived early this year with the news that Pope Benedict XVI had named Bishop John Tong Hon a cardinal. The appointment affirmed the importance of the role of the Hong Kong diocese as a bridge between the Church in China and the universal Church and should inspire the faithful in Hong Kong to continue to be the salt of the earth and light of the world to their brothers and sisters on the mainland.

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The Epiphany 
of the laity

We have now moved into the second Year of the Laity in Hong Kong. It is a reminder that we must respond to the call from God and, as Jesus described it, become the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Soon after his birth, he received a visit from the magi, the three wise men from the east, something which tells us that the God he came to tell us loves us, loves us all, irrespective of where we come from.

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Educating young people 
in justice and peace

Pope Benedict XVI has devoted his message for the 45th World Peace Day on the first day of 2012 to educating young people on the fundamental spirituality of justice and peace.

The pope stresses the importance of paying attention to the younger generations in struggling for the common good, as well as affirming the need for a just and peaceful order, where fundamental human rights can be fully expressed and exercised.

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We are all in 
the big picture

Jesus was born on Christmas Day in humble circumstances, of a mother temporarily displaced from her home and without even the most basic amenities available, either for the birth or looking after her newborn child.

She and Joseph were people on the move, a tag that describes an ever increasing number of people in our world today that has been used by successive popes to describe their greater than usual need for the pastoral care of our Church.

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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.