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Relic viewing 'open for mainlanders'
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- November 14, 2011
Monsignor Paul Russell, Taipei-based charge dâ€™affaires of the Holy See, escorted the relic from the Vatican to Hong Kong and passed it to Bishop John Tong Hon, who then celebrated a solemn Mass, concelebrated by some 20 priests.
In his homily, Bishop Tong highlighted two â€śoutstanding featuresâ€ť of the late pope: his love and concern for the Church in China and for young people.
Since there are millions of tourists from China visiting Hong Kong every year, the prelate hoped mainland Catholics would also come to â€śpay tribute to the relic and model on the late pope.â€ť
The relic, inlaid in a Gothic-style monstrance, is placed permanently inside the cathedral.
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