HONG KONG (SE): In choosing his coat of arms as a cardinal, John Cardinal Tong Hon has kept the central design from the one he took as bishop of Hong Kong in 2009, while adding the insignia of a cardinal to the design.
It features a book, which represents the Interim Report and Proposals of the late John Baptist Cardinal Wu Cheng-chung and relates to his pastoral exhortation, March into the Bright Decade.
The junk sailing across Victoria Harbour represents love for Hong Kong and the Great Wall of China symbolises solidarity with China.
The dove depicting the Holy Spirit conjures up the sentiments of the Jesuit poet, Father Gerard Manley Hopkins, in his image of the Holy Ghost brooding over the bent world, with warm heart and bright wings.
This inspires the mission to proclaim the good news and is expressed by Cardinal Tong as being locally grounded, while maintaining a global outlook.
His Latin motto, Dominus Pastor Meus (The Lord is my Shepherd), is taken from Psalm 23 and the Gospel of St. John (10:14-16).
It expresses his desire to be a good pastor and faithful servant, and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as the Good Shepherd in building up the Church as one body and humankind as one family.
The traditional red hat of a cardinal, or the galero, replaces the green one of a bishop and sits above the crucifix with its 15 tassels dangling in two five-tiered formations from either side.
It expresses his desire to be a good pastor and faithful servant, and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as the Good Shepherd in building up the Church as one body and humankind as one family