Hong Kong (AsiaNews / SE)
- The day on which the Pope bestowed the cardinal's hat on Msgr. John Tong, the
newspaper of the Diocese of Hong Kong published two messages, one to the
faithful, one to the city government. In them the newly created cardinal calls
on Catholics to witness to the faith and the gifts received through generosity,
patience, forgiveness and prayer. In the message addressed to the government
and the political authorities, Card. Tong underlines the need for full
democracy for the country, with universal suffrage and direct election of the
Chief Executive, in addition to policies that care for the most vulnerable in
Both messages are
published in the Sunday Examiner on
The one addressed to the faithful is the bishop's Lenten message, his first
as cardinal. After recalling all the gifts received from God (family, health,
faith, friends, opportunities ...), Card. Tong asks the faithful to share these
gifts with the people they meet in everyday life: " We should look for opportunities to help others
with our time and money, especially the weak and marginalised in our society. There are many
social agencies doing good work in the city and they are highly appreciative of
all donations. Giving of our time to visit the sick, housebound friends, people
of advanced age or the orphaned are also ways of showing gratitude".
The bishop of Hong Kong stresses that you must
take care not only of " the material needs of others, but also their rights and freedom as
children of God. This is inseparable from our faith and spirituality".
It is worth mentioning that the diocese of Hong Kong is the most attentive to
religious freedom and free speech in China and has launched several
campaigns to free bishops and priests in prison, as well as the Nobel Laureate Liu
The second message is the diocese' "expectations" of the new government of
Hong Kong. On March 25 a new governor we be elected
by 800 representatives of the guilds of the city, as well as individuals
co-opted by the government (and China).
The text signed by "The diocese of Hong Kong", reaffirms the need for
the election of the Chief Executive, and other elections according to universal
suffrage, within a democratic structure that neither Great
Britain in the past, nor the China
in the present wants to give to Hong Kong.
In the message the
government is asked to take the situation of the population more to heart especially
regards housing, medical care, education and pensions. In all these years of
increasingly rampant liberalism, the government has chosen a path of
non-interference in the economy. The conclusion is that buying a home for young
couples has become "a dream"; care for disabled and infirm is seriously
"insufficient", the majority of the population does not have any
pension, education has become a luxury.
"Every government - says the message - has a specific duty to harmonize
the different sectoral interests according to the demands of justice."