Hong Kong bishops pastoral letter on the Coronavirus epidemic

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[2 Feb 2020] Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

As the novel coronavirus spreads through Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and across the world at an alarming rate, our hearts are filled with worries and anxiety. Our daily lives have been affected and we are forced to make all sorts of inconvenient adjustments to our routines. A sense of frustration, helplessness and even panic has enveloped us.

During this trying time, on the one hand, we need to pay attention to our personal and community hygiene by following the guidelines given by the medical personnel and the authorities. On the other hand, more importantly we need to lift up our trust to that faithful and unchanging Heavenly Father. We are not fighting this battle alone. Jesus Christ, who cares for us and walks with us, is the ultimate strength in whom we can put our trust.

At this time, let us pray more, especially for those who have been infected and for the frontline medical personnel. Let us be more attentive in extending our care and love for each other. Let our faith in Christ be even more strengthened during this time. The peace and grace from above will sustain us through this difficult journey. Each trial in life is an opportunity of growing and moulding for us. Allow our trust in God to become that powerful witness of love and faith. After going through this we shall become an even stronger community to the glory of God and for the love of people.

May God bless and protect us all.

Archbishop Paul Kwong  Bishop Andrew Chan  Bishop Timothy Kwok