Ministry of the Laity in Evangelization

ASIA/HONG KONG - The ministry of the laity at the focus of Bishop Tong's address to newly baptized meeting for the first time after their baptism
Hong Kong (Agenzia Fides) – Better understanding the triple ministry – of prophet, priest, and king – entrusted to the laity, experiencing the communion and solidarity of the Christian community...these were some of the main topics in the gathering of over 400 newly baptized of the Diocese of Hong Kong, who recently met in the Parish of Saint Benedict. The Diocese's new Bishop John Tong gave an address explaining the triple mission entrusted to the laity with several examples from the lives of the Chinese Martyrs. At the end of the encounter, the Bishop imparted his blessing to all the newly baptized, accompanying it with a mandate to go everywhere and announce the Gospel, gathering strength from their proper and adequate formation. The Catholic Association of the Laity organized the encounter in collaboration with the Focolare Movement. On this occasion, the newly baptized were also able to visit the exhibition on the history of the Church which contains religious books, objects, etc. and attended a concert and a workshop. The gathering concluded with a pilgrimage. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides 26/5/2009)

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