Catholic sources in Taiwan and Macau have responded positively to reports that Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, leader of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, is set to be made a cardinal next month. While the Holy See's representatives in Taiwan and church leaders, including Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, 83, the former bishop of Kaohsiung who retired last month, have yet to comment, sources close to the cardinal said Bishop Zen's elevation would be welcomed by Taiwanese Catholics. 'It is anticipated among the clergy in Taiwan that Hong Kong will have a cardinal. It is natural that there should be one to succeed the late cardinal [John Baptist] Wu [Cheng-chung],' the source said. It is understood some Taiwanese church leaders are adopting a wait-and-see attitude on Beijing's reaction after a formal announcement on the likely elevation is made. It is believed this will come next Wednesday. Mainland church officials were not available for comment yesterday. At a reception yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Catholic group, Salesians of Don Bosco, on the mainland, Bishop Zen would not be drawn on his rumoured appointment. Father Chong Chi-kin, vicar-general of the Macau Catholic Diocese, welcomed such a move although he had not heard anything officially about Bishop Zen's appointment. Father Chong said Bishop Zen's experience on the mainland and in Hong Kong, and his strong academic background would make him a good cardinal. 'He was born on the mainland and worked there as a teacher for 10 years so he knows a lot about mainland churches. He has good management skills and extensive knowledge about Hong Kong's economy and social life,' he said. 'Based on his knowledge and experience, he makes a good candidate for cardinalship.' He also agreed with Bishop Zen's political stance and involvement in democratic movements.