ICC Note: Bishop Michael Yeung was installed as new bishop of Hong Kong on August 5. He was appointed new ordinary bishop of Hong Kong on 1 August by Pope Francis. He stated at the inaugural Mass that the population of Hong Kong should not just concern itself with the economy, but also housing, education, the environment, and political reforms. He also expressed earlier that the Hong Kong Catholic Church could facilitate dialogue and act as a “bridge” between China and the Vatican, two states enduring a rift that began with the communists coming to power in 1949.
08/07/2017 Hong Kong (Vatican Radio) – The new bishop of Hong Kong officially assumed office at an evening Mass on Saturday in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in the presence of some 100 priests and nearly 1000 faithful. Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung succeeded Cardinal John Tong as Bishop of Hong Kong, after Pope Francis on August 1 accepted the resignation of the 78-year old cardinal.
Among those present at the Eucharistic celebration were the two retired bishops of Hong Kong, Cards. Tong and Joseph Zen, Bishop Stephen Lee Bin Sang of Macau, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha of Hong Kong, a hundred priests and representatives of other Christian communities of Hong Kong. Among government authorities were Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and a few other ministers.
The 71-year old bishop said the areas which 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 and, their lack of hope in a possible future. The people of Hong Kong should not concern itself only with the economy, but also housing, education, the environment and political reforms, Bishop Yeung stressed.