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Imperial to InternationalA History of St John's Cathedral Hong Kong$
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Stuart Wolfendale

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139873

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139873.001.0001

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Out of Darkness, 1941–1953

Out of Darkness, 1941–1953

(p.173) Chapter 6 Out of Darkness, 1941–1953
Imperial to International

Stuart Wolfendale

Hong Kong University Press

The Japanese invaded Hong Kong in December 1941. Some members of the congregation died in the fighting. Members of the clergy were interned at Stanley. Union services were held in the internment camp while Sunday school and worship continued in Bishop’s House. During the Occupation, the Japanese used the Cathedral as a social club, it was stripped of its Christian imagery and furniture. Chinese and Japanese Christians gave their support while Roman Catholics offered to house the furniture. After the Occupation, donations and loans from the business community helped restore the Cathedral. Once again, St John’s became the centre of activity. But the traditional debate over the status of the clergy persisted. In 1951, after the Chinese Revolution, the Diocese of Victoria separated itself from the Diocese of Kwangtung and became the Diocese of Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Japanese Occupation, St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong, Anglican Church, Stanley internment camp, Bishop’s House, Diocese of Hong Kong, Diocese of Kwangtung, Chinese Revolution

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