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  • » 03/11/2009, 00.00

    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.
    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – According to unofficial sources Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun will leave the diocese of Hong Kong and place it in the hands of his coadjutor, Mgr John Tong.

    Cardinal Zen, 77, was supposed to retire two years ago, but Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation only last December.

    Several times he said the Pope had asked him to continue to follow the situation of the Church in China. The prelate has fought several battles in defence of religious freedom and against state interference in the internal affairs of Church, in matters like the appointment of bishops.

    In his latest intervention he called on mainland bishops to be more courageous and follow the Pope’s lead, standing against the influence and rhetoric of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. (CCPA).

    Today in a brief interview with the South China Morning Post, CCPA Chairman Anthony Liu Bainian said that he hoped that Cardinal Zen’s successor, Coadjutor Bishop John Tong Hon, would be more malleable and patriotic like Cardinal Zen’s predecessor, Card John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung.

    Monsignor Tong was appointed auxiliary bishop of Hong Kong in 1996 at the same time as the cardinal, and has always expressed his support for what he calls Cardinal Zen’s “excellent” work.

    In his message to the diocese when he was appointed coadjutor in January 2008 he stressed the role played by the Church of Hong Kong as a bridge to the mainland.

    It is my great expectations,” he said, “that the Chinese government will guarantee full religious freedom for Catholics on the mainland, so that they can make greater contributions to society, and in this way our motherland would also enhance its international status.

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