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Hong Kong diocese celebrates migrants’ day

Migrants attend Mass on October 2, 2023

The Diocese of Hong Kong celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees at Christ the King Church, Causeway Bay, on October 2.

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees is held on the last Sunday of September. This year, it was on September 24.

“Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay” was the theme chosen by Pope Francis on the occasion.

The Diocesan Commission for Pastoral Services to Migrant Workers and others organized the program in Hong Kong.

Capuchin Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing shared on the Synodal journey in communion, participation, and mission.

"We believe in God who loves us, and love is never a noun; it is a verb: dynamic, active. Everyone is loved by God, so everyone is 'beloved' and, hence, loving. We need to share this good news with everyone. That is our mission,” he said.

Migrants working in Hong Kong also watched the film "Still Human" (Chinese: Lun Lok Yan), which is a 2018 Hong Kong comedy-drama film directed and written by Oliver Chan [zh] in her feature film directorial debut.

In "Still Human" (Lun Lok Yan), a young Filipina goes to Hong Kong to care for a middle-aged, disabled pensioner who lives in one of Hong Kong's modest public housing buildings. He needs help not only with cooking and cleaning but also with eating, bathing, and getting around the room.

The film shows how current social problems affect Hongkongers and foreign workers who work as domestic helpers. The movie "Still Human" is very good because it shows its people warmly and honestly.

According to the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong is home to 7.5 million people (as of August 2023).


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