The new pastor was installed today. Bishops emeritus Card. John Tong and Card. Joseph Zen, the current local governor, Carrie Lam, along with representatives of the Christian Churches present. In his homily, Msgr. Yeung emphasizes that "without the Cross we are not disciples of the Lord." Commitment to "healing relationships" with the faithful and families. Attention to economic poverty, but also to the spiritual one, the elderly and the young. Hong Kong must be concerned not just about economics but also about education, homes, environment, and political reforms. The ceremony on video.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Bishop Michael Yeung, appointed new ordinary bishop of Hong Kong on 1 August by Pope Francis, was installed today in the episcopal bishopric of the diocese with Mass attended by at least 1000 faithful.
Representatives of Protestant Christian communities in the Territory attended the ceremony at 15 pm (local time), which saw the presence of the two cardinals, both bishops emeritus of the diocese,
Card. John Tong and Card. Joseph Zen, in addition to the Auxiliary Bishop Msgr. Joseph Ha and the Bishop of Macau, Msgr. Stephen Lee Bun Sang.
One hundred priests accompanied the procession through the faithful who crowded the aisles of the cathedral. Places of honor were also reserved for the current head of the Hong Kong executive, Carrie Lam, co-chaired by Donald Tsang, also former head of the executive.
The ceremony took place in Chinese (Cantonese) and in English. After the introduction and a brief exhortation, the Emeritus Bishop, Card. John Tong, accompanied Msgr. Yeung to the chair leaving him in place. Immediately after the new bishop received the obedience of priests, missionaries, religious and religious, lay people and young people, with their promise to preserve the unity of the community and work for the evangelization of society.
Bishop Yeung, visibly moved, approached them and while everyone bowed - in Chinese style - in front of him authority, he embraced them one at a time.
In his homily, pronounced first in Chinese and then in English, Msgr. Yeung thanked the two bishops emeritus for their testimony and the authorities and the faithful for their attendance at the celebration.
Then, referring to the Gospel of the Mass (that of the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus), he quoted Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, pointing out that "without the Cross we are not disciples of the Lord." He then traced the horizon of his mission and of the diocese, showing "compassion and accompaniment" to "the last, the least, the lost." The poverty that must be cared for is not only economic, but also spiritual, of those who are not loved and are not welcomed. There were no references to China or the Church in China.
"Healing Relationships" with the Faithful and Families is the pastor's daily task, he further stressed. The areas which he said need more attention include the elderly, many of whom are abandoned, homeless, in difficult economic situations. But he also mentioned the youth, recalling that they are also suffering from abandonment, their rejection of authority, their lack of hope in a possible future.
The population of Hong Kong he concluded, should not just concern itself with the economy, but also housing, education, the environment, and political reforms.
Click on the following link to see the video of the ceremony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ6lVACpUAM