Hong Kong: Pope Names Bishop Tong as CardinalJanuary 6, 2012 No Comments
January 6, 2012 | UCANews.com
HONG KONG – Pope Benedict XVI today named Archbishop Fernando Filoni and Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong, both experts on China Church affairs, as new cardinals during the Angelus in St Peter’s Square.
They were among 22 new cardinals who will receive red hats in the fourth consistory of Benedict’s pontificate on February 18.
Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said there is generally only one cardinal in a diocese but since he will turn 80 on January 13, which means he will have no voting rights in a papal conclave, it is reasonable for the pope to name another cardinal for Hong Kong.
Noting that it is a personal choice of the pope, the retired bishop of Hong Kong said “it is to show his goodwill towards China.”
Bishop Tong, 72, will be the seventh Chinese cardinal in history.
Bishop Tong was born in 1939 and ordained a priest in 1966. He was appointed auxiliary bishop in 1996 and then coadjutor bishop in 2008. He was installed as the ordinary in 2009 after Cardinal Zen retired.
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