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Hand in hand let us create a bright future

Appeal from Cardinal Tong for Caritas-Hong Kong’s annual fund-raising drive

 

Hand in hand let us create a bright future

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

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Gala welcome home for new cardina

HONG KONG (SE): The people and priests of Hong Kong diocese gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on March 3 for the celebration of a Mass of thanksgiving and to welcome the newly appointed John Cardinal Tong Hon back home from Rome.

Attended by around 20 representatives of Christian denominations and religious faiths, as well as the former bishop of the diocese, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, people rose to applaud the new cardinal when he entered the packed cathedral.

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The coat-of-arms of the cardinal

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.

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On the occasion of my elevation to the College of Cardinals Homily of John Cardinal Tong on 3 March 2012 — Hong Kong Cathedral

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

 

Out of the great love of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for the Catholics of Hong Kong and our Motherland, I was elevated as a member of the College of Cardinals on February 18.

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It is business as usual but more so 
new cardinal tells media

HONG KONG (SE): The first Hong Kong-born cardinal described the honour bestowed upon him by Pope Benedict XVI at a consistory in the Vatican on February 18 as a challenge to serve with greater courage.

John Cardinal Tong Hon told the Hong Kong media on March 2 that although he is the one on whom the honour has been conferred, it is more a recognition of the importance of the Church in Hong Kong and China.

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Red hat honours your home community new cardinals told

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon was elevated to the rank of cardinal on February 18, at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, together with 21 others from around the world.

He and Archbishop George Alencherry, the major archbishop of Ernakulam in Kerala, India, were the only two representatives from Asia.

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New cardinal shares on his vision for Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): “I feel very unworthy of this position. But I am also grateful for the honour,” Bishop John Tong Hong told AsiaNews on the eve of his elevation to the rank of cardinal, which took place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 18.

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Bishop Tong to be seventh Chinese cardinal

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon will become a cardinal at a ceremony conducted by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican, on February 18.

He will become the seventh Chinese cardinal and the first Hong Kong-born person to be elevated to the rank.

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Second red hat for Hong Kong

 

HONG KONG (SE): Bishop John Tong Hon has been awarded a red hat by Pope Benedict XVI and will be elevated to the rank of cardinal at a ceremony in the Vatican on February 18, along with 21 others from around the world.

The pope will impose the biretta, consign the ring and assign a title. The new cardinals will concelebrate a Mass of thanksgiving with the pope on the following day.

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Revised prayer service to counter impression that the creation of cardinals is a sacrament

 

Vatican City (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI will use a revised, streamlined prayer service to create 22 new cardinals in February, partly  to avoid giving the impression that becoming a cardinal is a sacrament or quasi-sacrament.

“The rite used up to now has been revised and simplified with the approval of the Holy Father Benedict XVI,” reported the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, on January 7.

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