Date
14 December 2017
John Tong Hon (left) of the Catholic Church and Paul Kwong of the Anglicans voice concern over the deep divisions in society. Photos: HKEJ, Hong Kong Anglican Church
John Tong Hon (left) of the Catholic Church and Paul Kwong of the Anglicans voice concern over the deep divisions in society. Photos: HKEJ, Hong Kong Anglican Church

Religious leaders give same Christmas message in different tones

Hong Kong’s religious leaders called for reconciliation in their Christmas messages but in different tones.

The Most Reverend Paul Kwong, the Archbishop of the Hong Kong Anglican Church, said political conflicts over the past year have left Hong Kong people bruised and society seriously divided with the damage extending beyond the economy, people’s livelihood and the rule of law, Christiantimes.org.hk reported.

For his part, Cardinal John Tong Hon, the head of the Catholic Church in the city, urged the faithful to restore broken relationships and re-establish mutual trust and understanding between individuals and between the government and the public, the report said.

Kwong traced the roots of many problems in society to inappropriate governance, opportunistic politicians and media antics, adding that the situation has made people angry and defiant.

A genuine dialogue between the government and the people is essential for reconciliation, he said.

Meanwhile, Tong said cracks in relationships have emerged among members of families, schools, offices and various groups due to social issues.

“For Hong Kong’s future, all problems need to be solved and cracks need to be mended so that our next generations can have a better society,” the Cardinal said as he prayed to Jesus Christ to help Hong Kong people build a society that is freer and more democratic.

Hong Kong is an accommodating society that accepts different voices and ways of expression, and Christmas is a time for people to stop for a while and reflect on the roles they should play in society, he said.

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