Date
18 August 2017
Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung (inset) will succeed Cardinal John Tong Hon as head of Hong Kong's Catholic diocese. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung (inset) will succeed Cardinal John Tong Hon as head of Hong Kong's Catholic diocese. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Coadjutor bishop Yeung to succeed Cardinal Tong as diocese head

Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung is set to become the new head of Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese.

Yeung, 71, will succeed Cardinal John Tong Hon, who will retire on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

According to an internal newsletter sent by the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Liturgy Commission to all parish priests in the city, Pope Francis will make an official announcement at 6 p.m., which is 12 noon at the Vatican.

Born in Shanghai in 1945, Yeung came to Hong Kong with his family at the age of four.

He became an auxiliary bishop of the Hong Kong diocese in 2014, and was appointed coadjutor bishop in November last year, making him a natural candidate to succeed Tong.

Yeung was once quoted as saying in public that striving for universal suffrage is a matter concerning social justice.

He was once criticized for comparing homosexuality to drug addiction, but he later said he had been misquoted, noting that he had actually said “the homosexuality issue is not drug addiction”.

Yeung said parents should not equate having homosexual children with the end of the world, and urged them to communicate more with their kids.

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