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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.








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The holy trinity of sport

“Sport is a universal language that brings peoples closer and can contribute to facilitating encounter and overcoming conflicts. I therefore encourage sport to be experienced as a school of virtue in the complete growth of individuals and communities,” Pope Francis said on April 6, the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.








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Lest we forget

“Least we forget!” is a phrase invoked to honour the heroism of men and women from every nation on earth who have perished while bearing arms in the name of their homeland and to fix a record of their deeds firmly in the collective memory.

It is used at funerals of deceased soldiers and at national memorials, but without the question, “Lest we forget what?” it can be as much a washing of reason from the collective memory as a way of informing it.








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Lest we forget

“Least we forget!” is a phrase invoked to honour the heroism of men and women from every nation on earth who have perished while bearing arms in the name of their homeland and to fix a record of their deeds firmly in the collective memory.

It is used at funerals of deceased soldiers and at national memorials, but without the question, “Lest we forget what?” it can be as much a washing of reason from the collective memory as a way of informing it.








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To be in communion and have freedom

Every year on May 24 the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. It was also declared “a day of prayer for the Church in China” by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in his 2007 letter to China’s Catholics. 








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Truth and bridges

This day (May 8) marks the 50th World Communications Day, which is being marked under the theme Communication and Marcy: A Fruitful Encounter.








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Standard working hours

According to UBS’s Prices and Earnings Study Report, Hong Kong has the longest working hours out of 71 cities worldwide, with the average employee working up to 2,606 hours per year. 








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It has something for everyone

Pope Francis has produced a basic pastoral document in his reflection on the two-part Synod on Marriage and Family Life that took place during 2014 and 2015.

It is not one that belabours doctrine or particularly addresses the problems of broken or dysfunctional families, but contents itself with a description of family life within the context of love.








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War can no longer be just

The most contentious criteria in the Just War Theory listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.” But it also begins to question the possibility of its own condition ever being applicable today when it says, “The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.”