Posted by: rbbadger | January 16, 2009

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Kowloon

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On my last trip to Hong Kong, I visited Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, a Catholic parish which regularly has Mass using the 1962 Missale Romanum of Blessed John XXIII. At one of their Masses on the weekends, they use the old Latin Mass as it was prior to the liturgical reforms following the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). I didn’t get a photo of the interior of the church when I was there, owing to the fact that there were people there praying and I didn’t want to disturb them. But the net being what it is, I soon found one on the website of the Tridentine Mass Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.

Anyhow, here’s the interior of the church, a nice photo which shows the church all ready for the Solemn Pontifical High Mass at the Faldstool, celebrated by His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kuin, S.D.B.

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I deeply admire Cardinal Zen. He is a very outspoken bishop and a champion for democracy in Hong Kong. Hong Kong currently only has a partial democracy in that only about half of the Legislative Council is elected by the people and the Chief Executive is elected by electors appointed by the Hong Kong government (and of course cleared with Beijing). He has been banned from visiting the mainland before. He is very outspoken, especially in the area of human rights and social justice. He will retire soon, as he has reached the age of 75. Because he lives in Hong Kong, he can speak out. A bishop who publicly says the things that he does in Mainland China will find himself imprisoned or worse.

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