Updated: May 03, 2019 09:37 AM GMT
Cardinal Pietro Parolin (right) visits Msgr. Ante Jozic in a hospital in Split, Croatia, on May 1. (Photo supplied)
High-ranking prelates from the Vatican and Hong Kong visited a former Hong Kong Holy See official who was badly hurt in a car crash in his native Croatia last month.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong went to Split, Croatia, to visit Monsignor Ante Jozic, the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska announced on May 1.
Father Peter Choy Wai-man, the former vicar general of Hong Kong, and a group of lay faithful from the city also visited Msgr. Jozic, who recently left Hong Kong after being appointed apostolic nuncio to the Ivory Coast and being promoted by Pope Francis to the status of archbishop of Cissa.
He was visited in hospital on the same day that his episcopal ordination was due to take place.
Msgr. Jozic, 52, served as the de facto representative of the pope in mainland China for 10 years. The Vatican-China provisional agreement on bishop appointments signed last September was agreed during his term of office.
Msgr. Jozic was seriously hurt in a traffic accident in Split on April 7 when his car was in a head-on collision with a car whose driver later died.
The Holy See Study Mission in Hong Kong, where Msgr. Jozic used to work, released a statement on May 2 saying that his condition had “considerably improved.”
“After several rounds of major surgery, doctors have succeeded in returning his upper body to normal condition. He still likes to joke and hopes to come to Hong Kong to thank everyone after his recovery,” Father Choy told the Sunday Examiner, the Hong Kong diocesan English weekly newspaper.
Cardinal Tong and Father Choy were hosted in Split by the local bishop for a lunch with Cardinal Parolin and other Vatican officials.
Hong Kong Diocese does not have an ordinary bishop following the death of Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung on Jan. 3.