CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Cardinal Tong marks jubilee of ordination

Hong Kong (SE): “Time flies. Fifty years have passed so quickly” John Cardinal Tong Hon, the bishop of Hong Kong, said at the Holy Spirit Seminary, Aberdeen, on January 6, as he quietly marked the golden anniversary of his priestly ordination.

He told the clergy and religious who had gathered for a three-day study camp—including Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, the former bishop of Hong Kong; Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Cheung-ming; and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing—that the experience of his ordination was vividly imprinted in his memories.

“Together with 62 classmates from different parts of the world, I was ordained by Pope Paul VI on January 6, 1966 while I was studying in Rome.”

Following the beatification of Blessed Pope Paul in October 2014, Cardinal Tong told the Sunday Examiner that his ordination took place almost a month after the closing Mass of the Second Vatican Council. 

He remarked that the pope had done something highly unusual and precedent-setting for the time (Sunday Examiner, 2 November 2014). 

The cardinal asked those gathered to pray for his faith in God and his faithfulness to the priesthood. 

He said that his greatest hope was for “more and more diocesan clergy vocations. Please pray for me and for the vocations of the diocese.”


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