New Hong Kong bishop focuses on poverty of relationships

Bishop Yeung said it would be a sad day for the city if people cared only for economic development
New Hong Kong bishop focuses on poverty of relationships

Bishop Michael Yeung enters the Immaculate Conception Cathedral to celebrate Mass at the start of his episcopal ministry as Bishop of Hong Kong Aug. 5. ( photo) reporter, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
August 8, 2017
Bishop Michael Yeung, the new head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, has cited a need to tackle "poverty" of relationships with isolated members of society.

He was speaking during Mass Aug. 5 to commence his episcopal ministry as head of Hong Kong Diocese.

Bishop Yeung, a long-time chairman of Caritas Hong Kong, noted that poverty of relationships was often, but not always, linked to other forms of poverty.

His homily, delivered in both Chinese and English, called for "compassionate accompaniment" for the poor, the sick, the lonely, the elderly, the disenfranchised and the marginalized.

These people he referred to as "the last, the least and the lost."

Pastoral priorities would include healing relationships, particularly with regard to problems affecting families.

In Hong Kong's aging society, it was important to improve the "health" of  relationships while dealing the elderly by offering dignity as well as providing material necessities. In terms of the way parishes operated in this regard, Bishop Yeung stressed that social media, such as Facebook, should not be a substitute for human companionship.

He vowed to listen to young people on the problems they face.

"Those in power must have a discerning and wise heart to listen to the youth while parents should take the initiative to listen to their children," he said.

Bishop Yeung warned  that it would be a sad day for Hong Kong if people cared only for economic development.


Accompanied by Vicar General Father Dominic Chan, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor leaves Mass just after Bishop Michael Yeung delivered his homily to celebrate the commencement of his episcopal ministry. ( photo)


Bishop Yeung, 71, who was coadjutor bishop of Hong Kong, succeeded Cardinal John Tong Hon as bishop of Hong Kong Aug. 1.

The Mass was concelebrated by Cardinal Tong and Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong and Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang of Macau.

Several hundred Catholics, representatives from the Orthodox Church and Protestant denominations, as well as celebrities, also attended the Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. They included Donald Tsang, former Hong Kong's chief executive, and Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the current chief executive who is known to be friend of Bishop Yeung.  

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