John Tong Hon

Church leaders divided over 'Occupy Central' plan

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun. Photo: Sam Tsang

Local religious leaders have clashed over the Occupy Central movement in the battle for democracy, with one calling on Hongkongers to join in even as another argued against it.

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New cardinal stands up for Tsang

Cardinal John Tong Hon stood up for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday, saying people should not overreact to the revelations about Tsang's relationship with tycoons.

'From my previous contacts with him I find Mr Donald Tsang a sincere person,' Cardinal Tong said yesterday in his first media briefing since being anointed a cardinal at the Vatican last month.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

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Hong Kong's new cardinal meets the press

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

John Tong receives red hat in St Peter's

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Late pope's relic finds home in HK

A lock of hair from the late Pope John Paul II will be kept permanently at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Caine Road, after the Vatican approved a request from the Hong Kong Diocese, Catholic officials said yesterday.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Vicar-general denies expressing regret in devil row

A senior cleric of the Catholic diocese apologised yesterday for any 'misunderstanding' over the handling of a controversy in which a priest likened tycoon Li Ka-shing to the devil.

But vicar-general Michael Yeung Ming-cheung denied that he had expressed regret to Li for the displeasure the remarks had caused him - contrary to a statement by the diocese last week.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Catholics say drug tests will stigmatise students

The Catholic Church has warned that the government's plan for random voluntary drug testing in schools risks stigmatising the teenagers who are chosen.

Vicar general Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung also said that Catholic schools could decide for themselves whether to participate in the programme, although the church would meet this week to discuss the situation.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

No politics for me, says Bishop Tong

The new leader of the Hong Kong Catholic diocese said yesterday that, unlike his predecessor, he would not personally attend public protests including the coming commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

17 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

New Catholic leader vows to defend rights

The new leader of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese vowed last night to continue the church's role in defending human rights and caring for underprivileged groups.

16 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Confrontational style colours Zen's legacy

The Vatican has approved Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun's wish to step down as the leader of the Hong Kong Catholic diocese. From the perspective of free speech, his often fierce criticism will be sorely missed. We will not, however, lament the passing of the dogged manner in which he too often delivered his messages.

26 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Successor will follow my path to justice, says Zen

The next leader of Hong Kong's Catholics will help the church in its mission to promote social justice, people's well-being and democratisation, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said yesterday.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rich treat for silver jubilee

Students and teachers at Kit Sam Secondary School teamed up to stage a grand variety entertainment to mark their 25th anniversary.

The celebrations began with a thanksgiving mass conducted by Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong John Tong Hon. Guests included principals from other schools, the management committee, school supervisor, parents, teachers and students.

2 Jan 1998 - 12:00am