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Pope Francis General Audience JUNE 12, 2019

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA | i.Media

Vatican City - JUNE 12, 2019: Faithful from Hong Kong, China during Pope Francis weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 06/14/22 - updated on 06/14/22

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Like a flower flourishing through the cracks: Hong Kong’s bishop cultivates hope

In a reflection published in the Sunday Examiner, a weekly Catholic newspaper in Hong Kong, Bishop Stephen Chow evokes the flowers that grow through the cracks in the concrete, as a sign of the “amazing power of life that comes from the Creator.” This is a reality that he believes should inspire Hong Kong and the local Church, which every day is doomed to “an existence within cracks.” “We used to enjoy much space and freedom of expression,” he says, noting the frustrations, anxieties, disappointments, and even exile, chosen by some in the face of the prevailing feeling that Hong Kongers are “living in cracks” without being able to flourish. He asks, however, not to cling to the past, reminding that “accepting the changing context as reality does not mean endorsing it.” He invites the inhabitants of this densely populated megalopolis to allow themselves “the inner space to discern.”

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