» 01/30/2008, 00.00
VATICAN – HONG KONG – CHINA
Mgr John Tong, new coadjutor bishop of Hong Kong
After years of a close working relationship, the new bishop will be Cardinal Zen’s designated successor. He is hopeful that during his term new vocations will blossom in the diocese, and that the Church in Hong Kong will be able to make a greater commitment to reconciliation in China, to religious freedom and to co-operation in support of the mainland’s development.
11/03/2009 HONG KONG - CHINA
Cardinal Zen to leave helm of Hong Kong diocese after Easter
The diocese will be handed over to coadjutor bishop, Mgr John Tong. He will follow Cardinal Zen’s path in running the Church and in the relationship towards China and the authorities in Beijing. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association hopes instead for a shift. Cardinal Zen will continue to follow the situation of the Church in China.
17/02/2012 VATICAN - CHINA-HONG KONG
Bishop John Tong, a new cardinal for Hong Kong and China
The bishop of Hong Kong underlines the importance of the Church of Hong Kong in helping the Church in China. "Working together with Card. Zen (Hong Kong) and Card. Shan (Taiwan). The importance of the Vatican Commission in implementing the guidelines of the Pope's Letter to Chinese Catholics (including the rejection of the Patriotic Association, "incompatible with Catholic doctrine"). Sorrow for bishops and priests who have disappeared in police custody or in labour camps.
29/12/2008 HONG KONG – VATICAN – CHINA
Cardinal Zen to retire next year to work on the Church in China
The prelate hopes to provide the Pope with information on the Chinese Church, excludes playing any role in Sino-vatican diplomatic relations. For him Episcopal ordinations without the Holy See’s seal of approval are a “failure” and a “violation of freedom of conscience.”
17/01/2011 HONG KONG – CHINA
Uphill battle for Hong Kong residency now over
After almost 12 years of debate, Hong Kong will grant mainland-born children of Hong Kong residents the right to abode. For some parents who have already passed away, this comes too late. Over the years, the Church took a stance against the injustice.
15/04/2009 VATICAN - HONG KONG - CHINA
Cardinal Zen resigns as head of diocese of Hong Kong
Benedict XVI accepted his resignation today, presented because the cardinal has reached the age limit. The new bishop is the current coadjutor bishop John Tong Hon. Despite the "hopes" of the Patriotic Association, he has already expressed the "expectation" of full religious liberty for Chinese Catholics.
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