ASIA/HONG KONG - Bishop Joseph Zen of Hong Kong issues pastoral Letter for Lent: “Love life and treasure divine grace”

Thursday, 10 February 2005

Hong Kong (Fides Service) - ““Love life and treasure divine grace”, was the title of a Lenten Message published by Bishop Joseph Zen of Hong Kong. In the message the Bishop remarks on the present day situation in Hong Kong society, the main problems and challenges and contradictions in the light of the teaching of Pope John Paul II.
Referring to the Holy Father’s new year address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican on January 10, Bishop Zen recalls the four challenges listed by the Pope: life, peace, bread and freedom. The Bishop says that also in Hong Kong there exists a challenge to protect life and the family. According to the diocesan bulletin Kong Ko Bao the Bishop writes: “Our desire to ‘love life and treasure divine grace” is the exact opposite to modern behaviour patterns. Our faith makes us go against the tide. Jesus fought the temptation of the Devil and He gives us courage to do the same, so that guided by the Holy Father we can fight the culture of death and promote a culture of life”. The Bishop concludes: “Lent will be more significant if we we practice respect for life, protection for the family and love of neighbour”.
(Agenzia Fides 10/02/2005 Righe: 18 Parole: 202)