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Opening Ceremony of the Brand-new Office of the Macao Catholic Culture Association and the “Discovering Everyday Beauty” Photo Exhibition

To celebrate the official opening of the Macao Catholic Culture Association’s (ACCM) brand-new office at Rua Formosa, the association has specially invited Mr. António Leong @ Antonius Photoscript, National Geographic Photo Contest Winner, to jointly present the “Discovering Everyday Beauty” Photo Exhibition.  The opening ceremony was held on July 2, at 3PM, at the brand-new office of ACCM, and was officiated by the Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, the President of the Culture Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, Ms. Mok Ian Ian, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Macao and Chairman of ACCM, Bishop Stephen Lee Bun Sang, Mr. António Leong, and other prestige guests.

Beauty creates communion.  It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future.  Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus, “for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator” (Wisdom 13:5).

The “Discovering Everyday Beauty” Photo Exhibition starts from July 2 to September 30, 2021, showcasing a new set of photos each month for three months, including The Chapel of Our Lady of Penha, the St. Joseph's Seminary and Church and the St. Lawrence’s Church.  The photographs illustrate the integration of Catholicism with local culture over the past centuries.  To further extend this experience, there will be two “Discovering Everyday Beauty” Photography Workshops in July and August, guided by Mr. António Leong, to visit different Catholic Churches in Macao, exchanging photography experience, discovering the beauty in our daily life through the uniqueness of Macao’s culture harmonized with Catholicism. 

The brand-new office of ACCM was formerly the Shalom Video Club of Macao Diocesan Social Communication Centre in the 1980s.  Today, the new site still retains the original floor tiles, blended with the brand-new modern interior design, to provide exclusive space to host various Catholic cultural activities, thus promoting cultural exchanges and integration within the community. 


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