Cardinal John TONG Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Christmas Message 2016

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Cardinal John TONG

Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

Christmas Message 2016

Dear friends, brothers and sisters,

Pope Francis issued a document this year entitled The Joy of Love. In this document, the Pope

affirms that our faith can help our family to face any challenges in life. The family is the most

basic building block of a healthy society.

The future of our society counts on our younger generation. When our young people are feeling

hopeless, there will be no future for our society. As grownups, we are obliged to listen when our

young people are voicing out their thoughts, even if we do not always understand those

thoughts. Remember, we must try our best to listen to their voices. After all, listening is the

very first step leading to further dialogue. If there is no further dialogue, there will be no

communication. And without communication, there is no way for us to come together to make

our society a better place, a home in peace and harmony.

When we look back into the past year, our society of Hong Kong experienced various conflicts

and pain. Everyone is so tired. As Christmas is near, I would encourage everyone to take a

break, calm down and spend some time with their family. If it so happens that you cannot really

spend time with the family, for whatever reasons, give them a call or send them a short message.

Just to let them know that you love them and care about them.

I wish all of you and your families a Christmas filled with peace and joy.

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