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Hong Kong Catholics pray, fast in protest of anti-subversion bill

Hundreds of Hong Kong Catholics fasted and prayed before joining tens of thousands of other citizens who called for democratic reforms.

About 50,000 people attended last Wednesday's evening protest outside the Legislative Council building in the Central district, Hong Kong's commercial hub.

Before the protest, the legislature announced it was postponing passing an anti-subversion bill, which opponents fear would limit religious and civil liberties.

Early on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Diocese's Justice and Peace Commission organised a 12-hour fast and a prayer service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Some 800 Catholics attended an evening Mass that followed, with Auxiliary Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong presiding and 10 priests concelebrating.

Catholic News Service

Call for universal suffrage in HK (Straits Times)
Hong Kong protests over new law (The Tablet)
Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese
Democratic push in Hong Kong (Christian Science Monitor)
Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong

14 Jul 2003