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The Holy See announces on 30 th January 2008, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop John Tong Hon as Coadjutor Bishop of Hong Kong, with immediate effect.
According to Canon Law, the Coadjutor Bishop of a diocese enjoys the right of succession. This means Bishop John Tong would automatically become the successor to Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, the current Bishop of Hong Kong, once the latter goes into formal retirement.
Bishop John Tong has issued a statement in response to the appointment (cf. attachment). He says he accepts the appointment in a spirit of obedience, and, at the same time, he urges Cardinal Zen to stay in office, the longer the better, to lead the Diocese of Hong Kong.
Bishop Tong indicates that over the years the workload of the Diocese of Hong Kong has increased. Also, it is more than necessary for the Diocese to play its role as a Bridge Church to China.
Bishop John Tong was born in Hong Kong. He holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome, and a Master's degree in Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been Vicar General since 1992. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong in 1996. His ministry focuses on the formation of clergy, studies on the Church of China, pastoral services to migrant workers, and communication and media apostolate of the Diocese of Hong Kong.
To celebrate the event, a Eucharistic con-celebration will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Caine Road, on Sunday, 10 February 2008, at 3:00 pm, with Cardinal Joseph Zen presiding.